By Evie Carrick
April 08, 2019
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Holiday travel is usually complicated, but travelers to Spain around Easter may need to plan for additional delays.

Some 60,000 ground handling airport staff in Spain are considering an “indefinite strike” starting the Saturday of Easter weekend. If the strike happens as planned, there will likely be long queues, delays, and flight cancellations at airports across Spain. An estimated 5 million passengers are expected to be traveling during the peak Easter week.

The unions involved, Unión Sindical Obrera (USO) and Unión General de Trabajadores (UGT), say there are clauses in their collective agreement with the employer Aseata, that affect workers who transfer from one company to another. The unions say they’re still open to pay and conditions negotiations, but that if no agreement is reached, there will be an indefinite walkout starting Saturday, April 20. If it happens, the strike will affect every airport in Spain.

The Sun reported that a statement from the USO air sector said, "For the USO and UGT, it is fundamental that the reallocated workers can maintain and, where appropriate, claim their rights.”

In July 2018, another threatened strike was called off pending negotiations.

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