Although the summer is over, the Spanish airports will live this weekend a new wave of strikes by cabin crew and Ryanair pilots, who begin their stoppages today, and the Iberia ground crew, who will stop as of saturday
In the case of the protests of Ryanair, which is the one that carries more passengers in Spain, these have been happening since the beginning of September, the difference is that the pilots are added to this weekend.
The Spanish Airline Pilots Union (Sepla) has called 24-hour stoppages today, tomorrow, Friday and Sunday, coinciding in these last two days with the cabin crew strikes.
Both groups protest the closure of three of the bases that the low-cost airline has in Spain (Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Girona). Its closure will lead to about 500 layoffs, as reported by the unions.
The strike of the low-cost airline is added to the Iberia ground staff, which will stop on September 21, 22, 23 and 24 (Saturday to Tuesday).
In addition, it has called new strikes every Monday from September 30 to November 18. Criticism is the company's decision to suspend negotiations of the collective agreement on the pretext that strikes had been called to claim a series of things that were precisely being negotiated.
Iberia has decided on Thursday to reconvene the negotiating table of the agreement. They allege that they do so as an "exercise of responsibility, given the impact that this summer's strikes are causing on the credibility and future of Handling and Maintenance businesses, and the real risk of customer losses."
The problem is that the internal conflict in the airline is also splashing others, because Iberia's ground staff also serves other companies, such as Vueling, for example.
The company has announced that it will dispense with Iberia's services and will ask for financial compensation for the mishaps suffered during personnel strikes this summer, and in view of the new ones announced at the airports of Barcelona, Bilbao and Malaga.
"This type of mobilization not only affects the daily activity of our more than 4,000 workers but also limits our effort to offer our clients a service that meets their expectations and our standards," said the director of Vueling operations, Oliver Iffert, who also claims that "customers are being used hostage".
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