Police brought in after Barcelona airport workers strike

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Agosto 14, 2017

An indefinite strike by workers handling carry-on baggage checks at Barcelona's airport is having a more limited impact on passengers after police have been deployed to help.

However, the Spanish government said that it had begun the process of compulsory arbitration, which could force employees back to work at the city's El Prat airport, while a deal is thrashed out.

The strike started at midnight and was timed to coincide with the August holiday season and the Spanish bank holiday tomorrow.

In recent weeks, waiting times at El Prat have exceeded several hours, as airport security staff have staged a series of partial walk outs in a dispute over pay and working conditions.

Spain is now on a level four terror alert out of a maximum of five.

The government has also decreed that they provide 90 percent of regular service during the stoppage.

The airport has become a European hub for low-priced airlines lured by the Mediterranean city's attraction as a tourist destination.

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