Stand off: Airport staff warn of summer strikes


MUTINOUS Malaga airport staff have threatened to go on strike during the peak tourist months of July and August if bosses refuse to listen to their demands.

As the Costa del Sol gears up for what is predicted to be a record summer, trade unions are outraged over staff cuts and a lack of pay rises.

The UGT, CCOO and USO unions this week released a joint statement warning that baggage handlers and other staff are prepared to organise a series of strikes should state airport manager Aena fail to discuss the issues with them.

Jose Muñoz, secretary general of CCOO for Aena said that the situation in Malaga has reached a “critical” point since “there are not enough staff to carry out the daily work.”

It comes after several years of salary cuts and amendments to workers’ rights which the unions view as unacceptable given the airport’s booming finances.

“For the CCOO, UGT and USO it is absolutely unacceptable that the companies of the group generate substantial profits transferred to private hands via the distribution of dividends and tariff policy, while staff continue to suffer a loss of rights and increased workloads,” reads the statement.

According to official figures, Aena ended 2016 with a €1.16 billion net profit and an 11 per cent increase in national air traffic.

“The profits that Aena published for 2061 justify the need for a sustainable plan to generate employment and improve working conditions,” conclude the unions.
Security guards at the airport are also unhappy and have spent three days protesting this week after a drop in wages.

Their union, the CSI-F, describes a “widespread malaise” among airport staff, who currently lack a human resources manager.

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