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More four-hour strikes by airport staff on way

Local 11SPANISH air traffic controllers are introducing another batch of four-hour strikes next month.

They are continuing their protest about the Enaire airport authority’s decision to sanction 61 controllers over a wildcat strike, which led to the complete closure of Spanish airspace in December 2010.

They will come to a halt again on 11th, 12th, 25th and 26th July, having held similar strikes in June. Thankfully, they caused limited disruption at airports, thanks to strict, minimum-service demands imposed by the Public Works Ministry.

This time, air controllers will strike from 10am to 1pm on 11th and 25th July, and from 5pm to 8pm on 12th and 26th July.

The union said in a statement: “USCA considers unreasonable, Enaire’s decision to maintain the sanctions on 61 controllers in Barcelona after an investigating court looking into the possible violations by the people sanctioned, and 20 other courts throughout the country, concluded that no disobedience or job walk-outs took place.”

Besides the sanctions, one controller was also fired, but he is appealing that decision.

The USCA has also asked the Public Works Ministry to be less strict in its demands for minimum services on the days of the strike. That’s to avoid violating controllers’ right-to-strike guarantees under the law.

During the June stoppage, the Ministry was able to maintain 70% service at all airports – and avoided any major incidents which would have resulted in passengers missing flights.

 

 

 

 

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