Madrid airport strike called by Aena staff

Madrid airport Terminal 4

The CGT-Aena union informed that they have registered prior notice about a Madrid airport strike called for August 29 and 31.

They intend to start negotiations on the privatisation process “after a failure of dialogue with Aena”.

They assured they have not received any answer either from the airport or from the Ministry. Thus “they are not confident that negotiations can be started”.

The collectives who have been called are flaggers, doctors, firemen and passenger service staff from the operational security area. They work either for Aena or for Enaire.

The stops have been fixed as follows:

  • August 29: From 15:00 to 20:00 LT
  • August 31: from 07:00 to 10:00 and from 20 to 23:59

This is in line with other actions in other airports. On August 13, the works council of Tenerife North airport shut themselves from 08:00 to 20:00 at the union offices of the airport against the Aena privatisation.

With this strike, CGT intends to assure consistency in defence of public airport service. They demand public airports which are stable and sustainable from a social and economic point of view.

According to CGT the Aena privatisation “puts tourism at risk”. Tourism is a strategic industry for the Spanish economy. Furthermore, “it has a negative impact on the air transport safety”.

Moreover, they say this operation might jeopardize the preservation of employment.

For his part, Enrique Ossorio, Councillor for economy, said strikes in summer are a concern. Even more when they take place at “significant points” like airports. That’s why he expressed his wish for this strike to be called off.

Ossorio reminded tourism is increasing. “This is helping to the economic recovery in Spain since some months ago”. For this reason he hopes the Madrid airport strike is called off in order to prevent damage to tourism.

Photo: Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport check-in counters / Marc