May Day airport chaos looms as strike threatened

19th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

19 April 2005, MADRID-Air travellers could face major delays at Spanish airports over the May Day bank holiday as unions threatened a strike.

19 April 2005

MADRID-Air travellers could face major delays at Spanish airports over the May Day bank holiday as unions threatened a strike.

Two major unions, the CCOO and UGT, may stage the stoppage between the 29 April and 4 May over what they claim is the "chaos and anarchy" caused by low-cost airlines.

The 24-hour strikes will mainly involve up to 25,000 airport handlers who will target departures.

If the threatened strike does go ahead it could hit thousands of travellers coming to Spain from across Europe for what will be the start of the one-week Whitsun school holiday in many countries.

Union sources predicted that delays of up to four hours could be caused by the strike with familiar scenes of travellers marooned in airports waiting for flights.

One major area which could be affected are the Canary Islands, a popular holiday destination.

Unions are protesting at the way the boom in low-cost airlines has caused what they claim is a deregulation in working practices and a worsening of working standards.

They claim that security is being compromised by cuts made by the airlines who are competing in an ever more competitive market. 

However, the unions are hopeful that a solution can be found between the government and unions before the strike begins.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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