Spanish Unions call for 25 days of AENA airport strikes from September 15

Trade unions representing airport workers, the CCOO , UGT and USO, have announced they are preparing to make effective their threat to convene a 25-day strike affecting the main Spanish Airport Authority, AENA, starting from 15 September. The strike call went out to 8,200 employees of the primary public-private airport management company in Spain.

Unions say they are willing to reach agreement over the need to create up to 700 more jobs and for better working conditions, and stress that they have been demanding action for months that has simply not been addressed. To emphasise their disposition, toward resolution, they specified that they had weighed up the necessity to call the stoppages in August, but that they have not done so that their protest did not coincide with the main summer holiday period.

“USO, together with CCOO and UGT, have informed the management of the company that they will start a mobilisation campaign of increasing intensity… if the companies of the AENA Group do not open a negotiation process that addresses the needs of employees , recovery of labour rights, work and family reconciliation and salary improvements, in line with the economic evolution of activity at airports.

After years of adjustment, with substantial losses of employment and loss of purchasing power [for employees], the time has come for the company to address this situation, with job and wage proposals that gradually reverse the cuts produced.

For unions, it is unacceptable that while the AENA Group companies generate substantial economic benefits, which are transferred to private hands through the distribution of dividends and the tariff policy, workers continue to suffer the loss of purchasing power and the exponential increase of workloads”

Union Sindical Obrera – May 23 2017

If no agreement is in place in coming weeks, the unions have scheduled 24-hour stoppages to be held on 15, 17, 22, 24 and 29 September; 1, 6, 11, 15, 27, 30 and 31 October; 3 and 5 November; And 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 of December.

The strikes would affect tasks such as those carried out by firefighters at airports, car parks and refuelling service personnel, on-road manoeuvrability personnel, electricians, commercial, security and IT personnel, as well as Maintenance of control towers, among other tasks.

AENA have the next week or two to begin to address the union demands, or plans will push forward for industrial action.

Source: El Pais

It is not yet clear whether any strike action would seriously affect operations on Gran Canaria

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