Quote: ‘Strike action between January 30 – February 27. Unions representing air traffic controllers have tried to reach an agreement’
British travellers heading to Spain could face delayed and cancelled flights after airport staff voted to strike – including Alicante-Elche Airport and Corvera, Murcia.
Air traffic controllers from 16 airports across Spain announced strike action for several days in January and February.
The Unión Sindical de Controladres Aéreos (USCA) and the Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) will take to the picket lines at control towers across Spanish airports after failed negotiation attempts.
A union spokesperson said: “This call is addressed to professionals who provide control services in the towers of the airports of Ibiza, A Coruña, Alicante-Elche, Castellón, Cuatro Vientos, El Hierro, Fuerteventura, Jerez, Lanzarote, La Palma, Lleida, Murcia, Sabadell, Seville, Valencia and Vigo.
Strike action will take place for five consecutive Mondays, from January 30 until February 27.
A statement from the USCA and CCOO said: “The unions of air traffic controllers have tried to reach an agreement, giving up important issues, at this time of recovery of air traffic, but the unions of air traffic controllers warn that the system cannot work based on the efforts of a fatigued workforce and constant cuts.”
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