The following twenty two dates starting from Easter have been confirmed for strike action (huelga de AENA) in relation to the privatisation of some Spanish airport services. The strike action is being called for by the CCOO, UGT and USO unions.

Airports within Spain are scheduled for strike on these dates through from April to August 2011:

April 20, 21, 24, 25 & 30

May 2, 14, 15, 19 & 20

June 13, 23 & 30

July 1, 2, 3, 4, 15 & 31

August 1, 15 & 31

The president of the Canary Islands, Paulino Rivero has already started a plan to put a minimum services agreement in place, he stated that this action was necessary to safeguard the Canaries, as we don’t have an alternative ways of travel between the islands by car or train as in other areas of the country.

Aetur (Asociación de Empresarios Turísticos de Lanzarote) called for the political parties, municipalities and Cabildo to apply pressure to avert the strike action.

Union spokesman Miguel Angel Fernández, from Aena at Arrecife airport told the media that if the privatisation process was explained clearly enough they would have the support from most of the population in Lanzarote.

In a seperate issue the Lanzarote taxi drivers apart from the municipality of Arrecife have supported strike action planned by the Asamblea General de la Federación Regional de Taxis (Fedetax) for the 15, 16 & 17th April, they are protesting about the “el intrusismo voraz” (voracious intrusion) that plagues their industry.

Let’s hope that strike action is averted so that the islands can continue to enjoy the increase in tourism so far reported in 2011.