MADRID – On Wednesday, the unions of the Spanish airport staff reached a final agreement on the payment of the productivity bonus for the staff of airport manager Aena. Consequently, the strike during the Christmas holidays is called off.
The planned strike threatened tens of thousands of travellers this Christmas. The announced strikes (which were almost total, as they would last 16 hours daily) would begin on the 22nd and would be repeated on December 26 and 30 and January 5 and 8. In addition, the plan was to organize a total 24-hour mobilization on December 31. Ultimately, the agreement will restore calm to the airports, which will be able to function normally during one of the busiest times of the year.
The demand from the unions was for Aena to reintroduce the productivity allowance that was no longer paid during the pandemic due to the brutal drop in air traffic. Unions argued that air traffic is now back at “historic highs” and in many cases even better than in the last normal year before the pandemic.
Strike pilots Air Nostrum
The strike of Air Nostrum pilots based in Spain will continue for the time being. It is scheduled for December 22, 23, 26, 27, 29 and 30 and January 2 and 3, 2023. Pilots are on strike due to the “blockade” in the negotiations of their collective bargaining agreement