Airport strikers punished for holiday chaos

27th November 2006, Comments 0 comments

27 November 2006, MADRID — Iberia is to punish 59 workers who staged a strike at the height of the holiday season reducing Barcelona airport to chaos and leaving thousands of passengers stranded.

27 November 2006

MADRID — Iberia is to punish 59 workers who staged a strike at the height of the holiday season reducing Barcelona airport to chaos and leaving thousands of passengers stranded.

The biggest Spanish airline has suspended staff for between 16 and 60 days without pay for "serious misconduct".

But unions have complained and called on outside mediators to settle the dispute.

The strike was called by check-in and baggage handlers on 28 July.

Three runways were blocked, stopping 544 flights from leaving or arriving and reducing the airport to chaos.

After a four-month internal inquiry Iberia said on Monday the strike action had caused a breakdown in public order and caused serious problems for passengers.

Unions are to appeal against the punishments meeted out by the company.

Workers called the surprise strike in protest at new handling regulations brought in by AENA, the state-run company which manages all Spain's airports.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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