Spanish BA baggage handlers strike hitting services

25th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

25 June 2007, MADRID - Baggage handlers from British Airways at Barcelona and Madrid airports held a strike on Monday at protest at plans to transfer their management to Iberia.

25 June 2007

MADRID - Baggage handlers from British Airways at Barcelona and Madrid airports held a strike on Monday at protest at plans to transfer their management to Iberia.

The stoppage threatened to stop 50 per cent of BA flights from Barcelona and Madrid.

Gonzalo Vidal, lawyer for the strikers, said the company could not complete 50 per cent of the planne flights.

He said the airline had falsely promised there would be no cancellations.

In the morning there were no flights cancelled because extra staff which did not take part helped out.

Oriol Boladé, president of the union, said BA had drafted in staff from London and Paris, which he claimed was 'ilegal'.

A BA spokesman said it would try to complete a minimum service and said strikers had broken laws governing calling a strike.

Ninety BA baggage handlers said they had called a strike until 31 July to transfer them to Iberia or end their contracts without formal agreements.

BA said they would be transferred to Iberia from 1 July.

BA had planned 16 flights from Barcelona and Madrid on Monday.

Meanwhile, Spanair had to cancel 58 flights on Monday after workers too strike action over working conditions.

The airline, which mainly operates within Spain, said it would try to maintain a minimum service.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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