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Airport Unions and Aena reached agreement

Low probability of airport strikes. After a meeting today Monday 25. September between the airport unions and the managers of Spanish airports, the parties have reached an agreement in principle.

Alicante Elche airport. Photo: Ministerio de Fomento.

The agreement could be signed at the end of this week or in the beginning of next week. Before the airport strikes can be called off for sure, the agreement needs to be ratified by the boards of Aena and Enaire, the companies that manage Spanish airports.

The agreement also needs to be approved by the ministry of Infrastructure and the Spanish tax authorities, Hacienda.

The agreement describes the wage increase and also the increased staff numbers that has been demanded by the unions. Over the last years, staff has been reduced to a minimum at several Spanish airports.

There has previously been concerns regarding the willingness for The Spanish tax authorities, Hacienda, to approve this deal. Hacienda has earlier communicated that they do not want to establish salary differences between airport workers and workers in other public sectors. But in parallel with the airport negotiations, the trade unions have also been negotiating about a generic wage increase in order to compensate for loss of purchasing power that all public employees have experienced after the Spanish financial crisis.

Background info
After three years of earned surplus for the company that runs the Spanish airports, airport workers are demanding that they need to be compensated with a wage increase as they have had a loss of purchasing power of 8% over the last years, according to their estimates.

They have also called for the creation of 450 new jobs in Aena and 250 in Enaire, with the aim of compensating for the reduction in workforce carried out in previous years and which, they say, has left staff to a minimum level.

The strike has been suspended awaiting the results from the negotiations. 

These are the 25 strike days that have been announced
September15, 17, 22, 24, 29 All strikes for September have been cancelled
October: 1, 6, 11, 15, 27, 30, 31.
November: 3, 5
December: 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

Strikes for beginning of October cannot be conducted, as a 10 day full notice is required by law.