Decision time

The air traffic controllers are holding a meeting at 17:00 today, Tuesday, to decide whether or not to go ahead with strike action later this month.

Talks to avert strike break down

Talks between AENA and the Union USCA aimed at avoiding a strike by air traffic controllers later this month broke down last night, both sides naturally blaming each other for the impasse.

The threatened strike

Last minute holiday bookings, both flights and hotels, were widely anticipated as going some way towards to salvaging the recession hit tourist industry, but the threatened strike by Spanish air traffic controllers has already resulted in cancellations, some potential visitors choosing an alternative destination.

Possible strike by air traffic controllers

Of the air traffic controllers consulted by the Union of Air Traffic Controllers, 98% have voted in favour of strike action later this month. Any strike action must be notified ten days in advance, meaning that the strike would probably take place around the 18th or 20th of August. That would help the tourist industry in a recession.