Trade Unions call a handling strike in September in five Spanish airports

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The main trade unions in Spain, CCOO, UGT and USO have called Menzies Aviation Ibérica workers to a partial handling strike in Madrid, Barcelona, Alicante, Málaga and Palma de Mallorca airports. Worker’s representatives have announced that the strike has been called after a “further delay” from the company in the negotiation of the collective agreement. It has now taken over a year and a half. The informations was reported by Expansion.

Trade unions said Menzies proposed postponing these negotiations “without any intention to solve any of the points raised” in the platform presented by the social part. The airlines affected by the strikes are essentially Easyjet and Vueling, in those airports where they are handled by Menzies.

In Adolfo Suarez Airport Madrid-Barajas, these partial strikes have been called for 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th September, from 4:30 to 7:30 local time and from 19.30 to 21.30. The strike will affect Menzies Barcelona-El Prat on 6th , 7th , 13th , 14th , 20th , 21st , 27th  and 28th  September, also in two time bands: from 10.00 to 12.00 and from 18.00 to 20.00 local time. In Málaga airport, the strike is called for dates 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th September between 8.00 and 12.00 hours and from 18.00 to 21.00; on 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th September the time bands affected are from 8.00 to 11.00 and from 20.00 to 23.00. In Alicante and Palma de Mallorca, the strike will be held on 7th , 9th , 14th , 16th , 21st , 23rd , 28th  and 30th  September, from 10.00 to 14.00 and from 16.00 to 20.00.

The unions have pointed out that Menzies Aviation Ibérica, which headquarters are located in Madrid and it was founded in 1996, “bursts with a new business strategy, unknown until now.” Therefore, the social part of the company considers to exercise the right to strike as the only alternative “to defend working conditions” of workers in the company.