Strike postponed to avoid hurting tourism


Air traffic controllers in Spain say they will not stage a strike in August to avoid hurting tourism. Following a four-hour meeting Tuesday, the controllers’ union USCA stated it had chosen to postpone the stoppage in the hope the government aviation authority would resume negotiations that broke down last week.


The disagreement focuses on a recent decree that increases the time controllers work and decreases their break time. The union says Spain’s approximate 2,000 air traffic controllers are overworked and short-staffed.


It insists a meeting with Development Minister Jose Blanco, whom they accuse of imposing the charges in a heavy-handed fashion.


Source: Associated Press

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