Spain: Security staff at Madrid airport wants to strike indefinitely

One week before Easter, security personnel at the Madrid airport want to strike. Travelers have to expect delays and queues from Friday. The holidays are threatening with traffic chaos in Spain.

Travelers in Madrid will face delays and queues at the Spanish capital's airport this Friday. The security staff of the Barajas airport wants to enter into an indefinite strike, as the responsible union ATES on Twitter and Facebook announced. Previously, negotiations with the airport operator Aena had failed.

Passengers are advised to come to the airport as early as possible, since only a minimum service is provided at the security checkpoints, Spanish media reported. Among other things, the staff wants to achieve better working and contract conditions with the strike.

At Easter, there could be traffic chaos across Spain after more unions called for strikes:

  • The biggest concern is the USO and UGT unions' appeal to some 60,000 ground staff to stop work on Easter Sunday, 21 April and Wednesday 24 April at all airports in the country. According to estimates, up to five million holidaymakers from across Europe would face flight chaos at Easter.
  • The pilots of the regional airline Air Nostrum want to strike also from 15 to 17 April and from 22 to 24 April.
  • and train drivers at Renfe for 24 hours on April 23 .

The Spanish government has already said on Tuesday that it wants to try to avert the strikes and mediate in all industrial disputes. It is working on the planned outages are still canceled, said Transport Minister José Luis Ábalos to journalists in Madrid.

The Socialist government wants to mediate in all labor disputes, the minister said. Ábalos pointed out that since the accession of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez's government in June 2018, there have been "very, very many" calls for work stoppages, especially in the transport sector. Only a few of them were actually carried out.