The unions call off the Aena strike

Aena’s logo at Madrid Airport / David

The strike called by the Aena unions, scheduled to start Wednesday February 11th, has been called off. Yesterday evening La Vanguardia informed that the CCOO (Union Confederation of Workers Committee) reached an agreement with the airport manager (Aena) on employment guarantees and the collective bargaining agreement.

Nevertheless, they will maintain the protest at the door of the stock exchange of Madrid against the Aena privatization until next Wednesday, coinciding with the debut of the company. The committees of different airports have also called for protests in their centers against the introduction of private capital into the company.

The 30th of January the USO (Workers Union) and CCOO made official the call for 27 days of strikes distributed between February and August because of what they considered to be failure to fulfill the collective bargaining agreement. The two unions expressed their fears that the agreements for the entire workforce and for maintaining operational security would not be honored after the entrance of private capital. Regarding the privatization, they think that the company will fix the allocation of benefits between the investors to sustain a network of airports that they consider crucial to the country’s economy.

The government will privatize 49% of Aena through a public share offering for institutional investors and retail traders which will earn the state more than 4 billion Euros.