Iberia faces legal action over Barcelona strike

10th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

10 August 2006, MADRID – The government is to take legal action against Iberia over the industrial action at Barcelona airport which affected 100,000 passengers.

10 August 2006

MADRID – The government is to take legal action against Iberia over the industrial action at Barcelona airport which affected 100,000 passengers.

Public works and buildings minister Magdalena Alvarez told congress that she would be starting proceedings against the airline for its part in the chaos at El Prat caused on 28 July.

The airport ground to a halt for around 11 hours after more than 200 Iberia workers occupied the runway. They were protesting Iberia’s loss of the baggage handling contract at El Prat.

Alvarez said due to the "absolutely exceptional circumstances" she would be introducing a new law to allow the government to represent citizens whose rights had been breached by such situations.

She said passengers who could present the necessary documentation to show they had a right to compensation for delays or rights breached on 28 July could receive immediate compensation from the government, which would then go on to make their complaint on their behalf.

Alvarez said so far, 8,138 passengers had made an official complaint.

Interior minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba also appeared and defended the government’s decision not to ask the police to remove the striking workers from the runways.

He said: "Probably, that would have produced a pitched battle".

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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