New Year travel disruption for Brits flying to Spain: Hundreds of workers at Madrid airport are on strike because they’re TOO COLD
- Security officers at Madrid Barajas Airport walked out on December 21
- The strike affects officers who patrol both inside and outside the airport
- Union says that the workers have also not been paid a bonus they were promised
- Meanwhile, Ryanair staff in Spain are calling for a new round of strike action
Brits flying to Spain for a New Year getaway could face disruption because of an ongoing strike by airport workers who claim their clothing doesn’t keep them warm enough.
Striking security officers at Spain’s busiest airport have told their bosses they are too cold to work outside or in drafty areas and have pledged to continue their industrial action throughout Christmas and the New Year.
Around 300 workers with the concessionary company Eulen went on strike at the Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas airport on December 21 and say they will not resume work until at least January 21.
Around 300 workers with the concessionary company Eulen went on strike at the Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas airport (pictured earlier this year) on December 21 and say they will not resume work until at least January 21
The strike has been called by the union Alternativa Sindical and effects all security officers who patrol inside and outside the airport, including around its borders.
The union says the ‘law of prevention of occupational hazards’ is being contravened because the company is not providing the security officers with adequate warm clothing during extreme weather.
It also alleges that workers have not been paid a bonus as promised during early negotiations.
The strike has been called by the union Alternativa Sindical and effects all security officers who patrol inside and outside the airport, including around its borders
The strike committee says negotiations have failed to reach an agreement and is accusing Eulen management of ‘contempt’ for the working conditions of its staff in Barajas, alleging the company ‘persists in its breaches’ in wages and labour.
It also criticises the attitude of the management of the airport and of the airport authority, Aena.
Eulen itself says the strike is ‘almost imperceptible’ but the unions claim this is because it has brought in extra staff and has criticised the Spanish Government’s ruling that even during industrial action, 95 per cent of the services should be covered.
Eulen declined to comment.
Meanwhile, Ryanair staff in Spain are calling for a new round of strike action in early January after giving the airline an ultimatum over claims for better pay and conditions.
The two unions representing the staff, USO and Sitcpla, say they had given the no-frills operator until 3pm on December 21 to respond but it had failed to do so. Just a few hours later, they confirmed there would be at least three walkouts in the New Year.
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