Thu. Jan 23rd, 2020

Ábalos sees no problem of flights in the Ryanair strike and minimizes those of August

Acting Development Minister José Luis Ábalos has said he does not see connectivity problems in Ryanair's current cabin crew (TCP) strike, which follows closely, and has minimized the impact of stoppages in Iberia and Renfe this summer.

Ábalos has appeared for the first time in the XIII Legislature in the Commission for the Promotion of Congress to take stock of the situation at the end of August at the Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat airport and the call for stoppages in rail services.

The acting minister stressed that the anticipation of both Aena and Renfe and the Ministry of Development made the strike operation to be carried out normally, without significant incidents and without a high number of claims.

In addition, it has advanced that the current strikes called by Ryanair are limited to a labor problem that has not caused problems on flights, although Fomento is doing "continuous monitoring of strikes."

In the case of the strikes of Iberia and the company of vigilantes of the Trablisa Airport in Barcelona, ​​it has been highlighted that until August 30 there were 38 claims, 3 linked to the airline and the rest of the security company.

He has also highlighted the "complexity" of the airport transport sector in Spain, where not only public institutions and private airlines operate but many other agents, such as companies in all sectors with their own human resources management and with different collective agreements.

He recalled that in the 46 Spanish airports and 2 heliports there are 6,200 companies and only 1,000 in Barcelona.

Ábalos has valued that Fomento and Aena avoid agglomerations in the boarding areas, reinforcing the information to the passengers, and that they had a constant coordination with the airlines to even extend the schedules of the restaurants of the airport and give better service to the travelers affected.

With regard to Renfe's strikes in July, August and September, convened by CCOO and the CGT, the acting minister has lamented that no agreement could have been reached prior to the call.

But it has downplayed its incidence, and has said that while the strike called by CCOO was seconded by 260 workers of 4,000, those of the CGT were followed by 100 troops over 5,000 employees.

"The poor follow-up of the strikes is a sign of the Government's effort to advance collective agreements," he said, once he has argued that Renfe's replacement rate is currently the highest in the operator's history, of a 105% of the casualties caused in 2018, and that represents an income of 1,032 new troops.

Ábalos has recalled the second Renfe collective agreement closed in December 2018 and the renewal of many other agreements that have been paralyzed for years, such as Correos, Adif or Puertos del Estado.

"There is a fluid communication with the unions and there have been few calls that, thanks to the contacts, have not been developed. They have been more announced than those made," he said, after influencing the previous Minister of Development of the PP Íñigo de la Serna, had to face similar strikes last summer with a greater incidence.

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