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Spain, Ireland and the United Kingdom: air travelers are threatened by strikes


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Barcelona / Dublin / London (dpa) - In several European countries, passengers are threatened by strikes at the best time of their holiday.

The security staff at the airport of Barcelona entered into an indefinite strike early Friday morning. In the UK and Ireland, it is the Ryanair pilots who are on a confrontational course with their employer.

The situation at El Pratlín Airport is still normal for the time being, according to the newspaper El Mundo and other Spanish media. The reason for the strike is a dispute over better working conditions. The Spanish government had intervened and set a minimum operation of 90 percent, which must be met by the strikers. On Friday alone, around 1000 flights with a total of 185,000 passengers were to be handled in Barcelona. Travelers should expect delays and should come to the airport early, according to the authorities.

Around 500 employees of the security company Trablisa are called to lay down the work - and thus all airport inspectors. The unions are demanding more money and better working conditions. Among other things, a break of ten minutes per hour worked is to be enforced.

It was not until about two weeks ago that a strike by the ground staff of the Spanish airline Iberia had caused considerable problems in El Prat. More than 120 flights were canceled.

In Ireland meanwhile threaten the pilots of the low-cost airline Ryanair with a strike. This was reported by the Irish Federation of Trade Unions Forsa on Friday. According to the association, 94 percent of the 180 pilots employed directly by Ryanair had voted in favor of a strike if the airline did not show up by Monday. Among other things, they demand higher salaries and better working conditions

"Only a substantial counter-offer that adequately addresses all areas of our claims will be enough to keep us from announcing strike next week," Forsa Vice Secretary-General Ian McDonnell said.

Just a few days ago, Ryanair pilots had announced several strike days in the UK for late August and early September. On the 22nd and 23rd of August, as well as the 2nd to the 4th of September, there should be a strike all day long.

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Communication from the Trade Union Federation Forsa

Source: zeit

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