Spain's Union of Air Traffic Controllers (USCA) announced (10-Aug-2010) it will return to negotiations with AENA on 11-Aug-2010 over pay and working conditions, rather than stage a strike during the busy Aug-2010 summer tourist season (Reuters, 10-Aug-2010). Air traffic controllers voted by an overwhelming majority on 03-Aug-2010 to strike over government changes to working conditions. International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General and CEO, Giovanni Bisignani, urged (10-Aug-2010) Spain’s air traffic controllers to accept AENA’s offer to enter into arbitration to prevent strike action.
IATA: “This is not the time for strikes. Arbitration is a fair, open and balanced means to settle the differences between AENA and the air traffic controllers. And it would avoid debilitating disruption to Spain’s economy ... The global financial crisis and Europe’s ongoing debt crisis are challenging governments, employers and employees to change in order to build stronger and more robust economies. With 20% unemployment, Spain cannot be a spectator. The economy is weak and it can ill afford the devastating effects of an air traffic control strike on Spanish business, especially tourism,” Giovanni Bisignani, Director General. [more]