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Iberia unions call new strikes 


Unions are warning of airport chaos after calling for Iberia strike action in Februay and March.

It is the first time staff have agreed on five consecutive strike days (the first from Monday, February 18th to Friday, February 22nd) and more dates could follow.

The unions have been discussing their grievances with Iberia through a mediation service but a meeting last week ended without agreement.

The CCOO, UGT, Asetma, Sitcpla, USO and CTA-Vuelo are representing 93% of the staff who are protesting about Iberia’s restructuring plans. This will involve a cut in capacity of around 15% and about 4,500 jobs, 23% of the total.

The 24-hour strikes will affect ground staff and cabin crew. They will be held from February 18th to 22nd, March 4th to 8th and March 18th (a public holiday in some regions) until March 22nd.

The unions say their strike action could lead to “uncontrollable situations in several Spanish airports, especially at Madrid Barajas”.