Strikes planned in Spain at three airlines

6th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

Spanair, easyJet and Air Comet are planning 24-hour-strikes on 15, 22 and 29 August and last 24 hours.

Madrid – Unions at three airlines operating in Spain, Britain's easyJet and Spanair and Air Comet, said Wednesday they were planning strikes during the height of the holiday season in August.
The strikes at easyJet and Air Comet will lead to cancellations, but not that at Spanair, the unions said.

The low-cost British carrier will issue a strike call "in the coming days" to the technical staff in the cities of Malaga, Palma de Majorca, Alicante and in Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

The strikes will take place on 15, 22 and 29 August and last 24 hours.

The unions are seeking a collective agreement that has been under negotiation for the past year and a half, the head of the airline sector of the CCOO union, Enrique Martinez, told AFP.

A total of 34 flights will be affected in Malaga, 20 in Alicante and 27 in Palma in Majorca. It was not clear how many flights would be hit in Tenerife.

At Air Comet, unions, who are angry at delays in wage payments, called a strike for Thursday and Friday as well as 11, 12, 16, 17, 24 and 25 August. The strikes will be held between midday (1000 GMT) and 2pm and between 9pm and 11pm.

Air Comet operates scheduled long-haul flights from Madrid to destinations in Latin America.

Unions representing workers at Spanair have called strikes for every Monday and Friday throughout August, an official of the CCOO union said.

He said walkout will begin on Friday but should not lead to flight cancellations.

The unions are protesting a Spanair management plan to transfer some 400 workers from its headquarters in Palma de Majorca to Barcelona.

Spanair was sold in December by Scandinavian airline SAS to a group of Spanish investors who now want to move its base to Barcelona.

AFP / Expatica

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