Reprieve for tourists as air traffic strike cancelled
Published 11/08/2010 | 05:00
Spain's air traffic controllers say they will not stage a threatened strike this month to avoid hurting the country's tourism trade.
After a four-hour meeting yesterday, the controllers' union, USCA, said it had decided to hold off on the stoppage in the hope the government aviation authority would resume negotiations that broke down last week.
The dispute centres on a recent decree that increases the hours controllers work and shortens their rest breaks during shifts.
The union claims Spain's roughly 2,000 air traffic controllers are overworked and understaffed.