Will they, won’t they?

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Will they, won't they
TESTING ONE’S PATIENCE: The strikes will mean delays and even cancellations across some of the country’s busiest holiday periods Photo credit Pexels

THE Spanish government has scheduled more talks with airport unions to avoid the proposed 25 days of strikes.

The strikes were announced in May byCC.OO., UGT and USE unions across all Aenaairports if workers’ demands over salaries and rights were not addressed before mid-August.

However, the secretary of State Infrastructure, Transport and Living, Julio Gomez-Pomar, said after this Tuesday’s (August 29) meeting that both sides are willing to reach an agreement.

He also said the state needed more time to fully respond to the unions’ requests as it affects various governmental bodies.

The Secretary General of the CC. OO. union, Francisco Casado, said the workers’ demands are fair and “adequate.”

The next meeting is scheduled for next Thursday (September 7) but the proposed strikes would run from September 15 to December 30.

The full list of planned strikes is as follows:

  • September: 15, 17, 22, 24 and 29
  • October; 1, 6, 11, 15, 27, 30 and 31
  • November: 3 and 5
  • December: 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30

In Spain, Aena manages 46 airports (including Alicante-Elche, Murcia-San Javier and Valencia) and two heliports and saw 230.2 million passengers pass through its airports in 2016. It made a net profit of €1,164 million in the same year.

If the strikes go ahead they will have adverse effects on Spain’s busy national bank holidays in October, November and December including the Christmas period.

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