Citizens traveling by train and plane during this Holy Week will meet again with queues at the entrances. The unions, as happened also last summer, have called an avalanche of strikes and work stoppages in the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport, Air Nostrum Y Renfe, among other companies and infrastructures, for at least the next 16 days, which threaten to slow down and hinder both the departure of holidays and the return operation.
Security in Barajas: from April 12
Security workers at the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport began an indefinite strike on Friday that could be extended until the end of the month if the representatives of these employees and the company, Ilunion, do not reach an agreement on the claims of the workers. professionals. The power plants demand measures of family conciliation, a specific agreement for the airport area with a series of bonuses, contractual improvements such as recovering the antiquity of the months lost from the accumulation of contracts and improvements over rest within the day and the training of workers .
The minimum services for this strike are set at 90% by law, considering airports a critical infrastructure, and Ilunion has a total of 700 vigalentes at Barajas. This Sunday, which is already the third consecutive day of work stoppages, the strike day passes normally, although they are repeated timely queues in the access in the busiest hours, as it happened on Friday and Saturday. The main problems are generated in security filters, where there are agglomerations occurring during peak hoursTherefore, the recommendation that is being made to the passengers is that they go to the airport in advance.
Ground staff: April 21 and 24
If the strike of Barajas security workers affects the airfield with the highest traffic in Spain, the rest of the airports in the network will be affected for two days by the stoppages called by the unions in the ground staff sector, known as « handling », which provides assistance services to aircraft and passengers in different companies and encompasses 60,000 workers across the country. In this case, the representatives of the workers have called for strikes for the 21st (Resurrection Sunday) and 24th of April.
The UGT and USO unions are demanding, among other claims, companies that the clause on surrogate workers be removed from the current collective agreement and that guarantees be established for the maintenance of the rights of this group of workers, whose negotiation leads to March more than two and a half years ago. Employers and trade unions reached an agreement last July that prevented a strike in the sector that included the regulation of economic standards and guarantees of surrogate personnel in a sector in which, according to the unions, there is more subrogation than in any other (more 70%).
Pilots of Air Nostrum: 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24 of April
The strike of the Air Nostrum pilot group can completely affect those passengers who bought a flight with this airline during Holy Week. The 24-hour work stoppages are days 15, 16, 17 (Monday, Tuesday and Holy Wednesday), 22, 23 and 24 April. In fact, the company, which negotiates with the pilots union (Sepla) to try to reach an agreement to end the strike, has already canceled 148 flights only for the first three days of the call, which will affect about 10,000 passengers, and will soon publish the flights that are canceled on days 22, 23 and 24. In this link you can check if your flight is affected. Only flights with origin or destination Balearic Islands, Canary Islands and Melilla, for which minimum services of 100% have been set, will not be affected.
The company is already informing the customers affected by these cancellations that they can opt for the reimbursement of the tickets or the relocation on flights and alternative dates to fly until May 10 according to availability. For its part, customers who have purchased their tickets through the website of Iberia will receive a message from this group about the incident that has occurred. If you have purchased the tickets through a travel agency, you will be the one to contact the clients. In case of not receiving any notification, users can contact Serviberia (901 111 500) or their travel agency to see the available alternatives.
The pilot union denounces that Air Nostrum is deriving part of its production from other airlines of the same owners, in breach of the agreement between both parties last summer, when the airline promised not to resort to outsourcing with third parties to operate the franchise of Iberia provided that the pilots' staff can face their commitments.
Vigilantes de Renfe in Madrid: from April 18 to 28
The security guards who work for Renfe in Madrid will go on strike for a total of 10 days, from April 18 to 28, which will affect railway stations such as Atocha and Chamartín. The call, with which the workers protest because the operator has stopped paying the guards a series of bonuses, consists of partial stoppages of two hours in the exits and entries of shift. The employees called to strike are those of Garda Seguridad, Prosetecnisa and Segurisa, which were the companies awarded the Renfe Operadora contract in Madrid.
Adif, Ports and Maritime Rescue: April 17
On Holy Wednesday, April 17, there will be a 24-hour strike called by CC.OO. in Adif, Adif Alta Velocidad, State Ports and Maritime Rescue. The union demands that the government approve definitively the pre-agreements reached by these public companies with their unions on their collective agreements between March and December 2018.