Starting today Iberia workers are carrying out strike action until the 22nd of February. If their demands are not met, there will be further strike action from the 4th to the 8th of March and then from the 18th to the 22nd of the same month – a total of 15 days of stoppages.
The strike, which has been organized by the workers union for ground staff and cabin crew, comes as both parties failed to reach an agreement over staff cuts of up to 4,500 employees, which represents 23% of the staff.
The day began with violent clashes between the police and strikers at Madrid’s Barajas Airport. At the second most affected Spanish airport, Malaga, the strike has proceeded without incident.
The cuts were announced in December and talks commenced, before breaking down on the 31st of January, when the unions accused the company of having no real negotiating power and that their orders were being handed down from the IAG.
Iberia has set up a Plan de Contingencia to cater for passengers affected during the 15 days of strike action and has ‘made rates more flexible’ to facilitate exchanging tickets or refunds. The company has also reach agreement with Alianza Oneworld and other companies to provide alternative flight arrangements.
Furthermore, the strike by Iberia ground crew could also affect flights by Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, Vueling and Air Nostrum, as they won’t be able to count on Iberia Airport Services.
The telephone number for more information is Serviberia 902 400 500 or 900 100 480 for those who want to change their flight or ask for a refund.