Airport strike by 60,000 workers in Spain called off after marathon talks

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STRIKE OFF: 60,000 ground handling workers in Spain have called of their walkout on October 15. Photo credit: Shutterstock

AN indefinite strike by airport workers that threatened to cause chaos for passengers across Spain has been narrowly averted.

Unions representing ground handling staff at airports throughout the country have called off their strike in ten-days time after 24-hours of talks with their employers.

The ground staff provide handling services for aircraft, passengers and freight and even assisting people with reduced mobility and a strike would have hit the entire Aena airport and heliport network in Spain.

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The good news for travellers came after the last-ditch talks that were aimed at resolving issues over pay and conditions that had been going on for over three years.

But, after yesterday’s meeting, the unions said: “The USO Aéreo, together with the corresponding sectors of UGT and CCOO, has arrived at an agreement in conciliation with the employers of the workers of the ground services at the airports, thus rejecting the planned strike from October 15 and to which the 60,000 workers of all the Spanish airports were called, distributed in the different companies that provide the handling service.”

The workers’ unions had previously said they had been locked in talks with employers for three years and accused ASEATA, the Association of Airport Ground Support Services Companies, of dragging their heels over confirming their latest collective agreement.

Now the strike threat has been cancelled the fine detail of the collective agreement will be clarified at future meetings between the unions and the handling companies.

Last ditch talks in Spain to avert airport strikes by 60,000 workers

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