The aerial sectors of the USO, UGT and CCOO unions have reached an agreement this Thursday with the employers of ground services at airports, known as 'handling', to call off the strike they threatened to carry out two days ago. According to an USO statement, after two and a half years of negotiations in the Interconfederal Service of Mediation and Arbitration (SIMA), the sectoral agreement will include several of the bonuses and grants claimed by workers.
In this way, the strike scheduled for October 15 and called to 60,000 workers at all Spanish airports, distributed in the different companies that provide this service has been called off.
Among the main companies that provide these services are Iberia, Swissport, Acciona, Groundforce (Globalia), Atlantica, Clever, AviaPartner, Menzies, easyJet, Lesma-Ryanair and ASEATA employers, representing 90% of the sector.
The conflict had already generated another call for strikes in summer, which was finally canceled in order to resume negotiations in September, which, in principle, were "unsuccessful", says the union.
The sectoral agreement will include, from now on, several bonuses that some company agreements already collected, and which will now cover the total number of workers in the sector: early riser, transport, turnicity / flexibility / availability, irregular working day, fixed part-time work, supervision , headquarters, and a support to the maintenance.
In addition, the agreement contemplates "the revision of the value of extraordinary and peremptory time", and salary revisions have also been agreed upon above the CPI, since during these years, as stressed by USO, workers "have been losing purchasing power that they must recover immediately. "
The collective agreement will be valid until December 31, 2021 and will be drafted definitively in the next meetings.