Holidaymakers' relief as airport strike is off
27 April 2005, MADRID-The threatened strike by Spanish baggage handlers has been called off days before it would have caused chaos for thousands of holidaymakers.
27 April 2005
MADRID-The threatened strike by Spanish baggage handlers has been called off days before it would have caused chaos for thousands of holidaymakers.
Handlers were due to stage the strike at all 44 Spanish airports between 29 April and 4 May, affecting an estimated 450,000 passengers.
But the main unions involved, the UGT, CCOO and USO, said they had reached a "satisfactory" agreement with the airport authorities.
The unions had claimed low-cost airlines had affected working practices and called the strike in protest.
A union source said: "This morning we have reached an agreement which allows sufficient stability for our workers and for the handling sector."
The Development Ministry, which represents AENA, the state agency which runs all Spain's airports, said all air operators would have to agree to sign a convention on working practices.
Unions said this would guarantee rights and working conditions of baggage handlers.
The Association of Baggage Handling Companies said they would sign an agreement which would agree certain working practices.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news