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Airport Strike Action Averted

Thursday August 11, 2011

Airport Strike Action Averted

A threatened strike by Spanish airport ground staff workers that would have disrupted the travel plans and flights of thousands of tourists later this month has been called off. The action was planned for the 18th and 26th of August, with 60,000 workers threatening to walk out over the sacking of a colleague. And would have closed all airports in Spain and the Canary Islands.

Planned strike action by 60,000 Spanish ground staff workers has been called off. Initially the industrial action looked set to cause serious disruption during the busiest time of the year for Spain's tourist economy. And action on the 18th was planned to coincide with the arrival of Pope Benedict in Madrid, in order to cause maximum impact.

According to one national paper the threat of strike action is increasingly being used as a routine bargaining tool by Spanish airport workers. However its impact on the all important tourist sector cannot be underestimated, not least as British tourism to Spain has been falling year on year since 2006, falling by 2.2 million arrivals last year alone.

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