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Spain’s biggest airport security threaten Christmas strikes

Written by on December 5, 2018

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Article Written & Published By: Daily Mail

Security officers at Spain’s biggest airport threaten Christmas strike after claiming their work clothes don’t keep them warm enough

Security officers at Spain’s busiest airport are threatening to go on strike after claiming they’ve been given insufficient clothing to keep them warm in the cold.

The union Alternativa Sindical has announced the call for a walkout from December 21 and over the Christmas period at the Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas airport.

The strike would affect all security officers who patrol inside and outside the airport, including around its borders.

The union says 300 workers with Eulen, which runs the service, have also not been paid a bonus as promised during early negotiations.

It also claims the ‘law of prevention of occupational hazards’ is being contravened because the company is not providing the security officers, who have to stand in drafty areas or outside in the cold, with warm clothing during extreme weather.

Air traffic experts say the strike would cause inconvenience for travellers but they do not envisage the same kind of chaos and massive queues that formed during a similar strike 18 months ago at El Prat airport in Barcelona.

This is because the strike call does not currently include officers who inspect passengers before they board flights.

However, Alternativa Sindical says it cannot rule out these workers joining them in the strike in the next few days.

The union claims Ilunion, which represents the security officers who inspect travellers, is also violating earlier agreements.

A spokesman for Alternariva Sindical warned: ‘We would call the strike off if progress is made along the way and the conditions which ended the conflict in El Prat are agreed.

‘But workers will not be satisfied by mere compromises and words.’

The strike action would continue until January 8 if it goes ahead.

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