Emergency Services helicopters call 27 strike days in Spain

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STRIKE: The series of weekly stoppages due to begin on May 17. Photo: Shutterstock

EMPLOYEES of Babcock, which operates the Emergency Services helicopters, announced 27 strike days this month and in June.

The series of weekly stoppages, due to begin on May 17, is backed by the SEPLA airline pilots’ union and technicians’ union ASETMA as well as the UGT trade union.

All are protesting against Babcock’s proposed salary cuts of between 13 and 30 per cent but the representatives guaranteed a “100 per cent minimum service” for the operations that the company’s 330 pilots carry out for the Public Administration.

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“There will be no real impact in the service,” said the union officials, who explained that the decision to cut salaries was included in the collective arbitration agreement.

“Instead the company later informed the works committee after taking a unilateral decision,” ASETMA and UGT said.


Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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