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Iberia say 7% of ground staff participate in Sunday’s strike

The second day of ground staff strike in Barcelona airport passes by without incidents of note

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22 September 2019 12:22 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Iberia says ground staff strike participation in Barcelona airport among their workers today reached 7.09%, on the second day of action this weekend coinciding with the La Mercè holiday. 

The company claims that by 8:30 on Sunday morning, "83 flights” have passed with normality and with “no incidents." Among the 83 flights, 38 were arrivals to the Catalan capital, while 45 departed from the facility. 

"The minimum services are being complied with," said Iberia in a brief statement. On Saturday, the airline calculated a 9.23% following of the ground staff strike and the main difficulties experienced at the airport were due to difficult weather conditions, with delays of up to 45 minutes and a dozen cancellations due to storms. 

Iberia's landing staff will continue the strike for the next two days, September 23 and 24, to demand the need to put an end to the workers' temporary contracts and to reorganize the work shifts. The staff mobilization has forced more than 200 Vueling flights to be canceled this weekend.

The workers in the striking department of the Iberia company are those who carry out billing, passenger shipments and the loading and unloading of luggage for 27 different companies at the airport. 

In El Prat, they have already downed tools six days this summer - July 27 and 28, August 24, 25, 30, and 31, which caused cancellations of hundreds of flights and affected the normal operation of the airport without serious incidents.

 

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  • A passenger looks at a screen explaining the strike action in Barcelona airport on September 21, 2019 (by Miquel Codolar)

  • A passenger looks at a screen explaining the strike action in Barcelona airport on September 21, 2019 (by Miquel Codolar)

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