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Travel warning issued as airport staff in Spain strike for 25 days

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Staff in airports across Spain have announced plans to strike. A disagreement over conditions and low pay has led to the 24-hour walk-outs on 25 days between September and December 2022.

We’re being urged to check our flights before we travel to the airport in case the industrial action impacts our plans. The walkouts are planned for five days in September, seven in October, two in November and 11 in December, reports Chronicle Live.

Spain’s three main workers’ unions – USO, CCOO and UGT – are in talks with airport operator AENA. As a result of the sides not being able to reach an agreement car park staff, baggage handlers, security, IT, retail and catering staff have all voted in favour of strike action.

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The planned strike dates in September dates are the 15th, 17th, 22nd, 24th, and 29th. Meanwhile, the December dates include five days from December 26-30, designed to cause maximum disruption over Christmas and New Year.

Passengers travelling are reminded to keep an eye on travel updates as flight cancellations could be a possibility.

Ryanair, one of the UK’s most popular airlines for flights to Spain, has said that it expects no disruption as a result of the strikes. A spokesperson told Chronicle Live: “These two tiny unions who represent only a handful of our Spanish cabin crew have held a number of poorly supported ‘strikes’ in June and July which have had little or no impact on Ryanair’s flights to or from Spain.

“In July alone Ryanair operated over 3,000 daily flights and carried a record 16.8m passengers – many of them to/from Spain. Ryanair expects that these latest threatened strikes, which involve only a handful of our Spanish cabin crew, will have zero impact on our Spanish flights or schedules in August or September.”

Elsewhere, travellers have been warned to make sure that everything is in order ahead of their holidays. This includes checking visa requirements, Covid vaccination requirements and ensuring your passport has the right amount of validity.

This week, workers at the UK’s largest shipping port also began their strike, with walkouts on railways, the Post Office and barristers also happening this week. Nearly 2,000 workers at the Port of Felixstowe, which handles about four million containers a year from 2,000 ships, accounting for more than half of the country’s incoming shipping freight, walked out on Sunday.

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