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Agreement reached to avert Spanish air strikes

Union leaders and Aena bosses in Spain have agreed a preliminary deal that has seen strikes called off.

17 March 2011

A new preliminary agreement has been forged through strike negotiations between Spanish aviation workers and their bosses.

The deal has led to strike action by airport staff in the country being called off, with provisions including jobs and working conditions guaranteed in principle for the future.

It was expected to lead to widespread travel disruption across Europe and thousands of flights being cancelled to and from Spain during the holiday season.

Employees of state-owned company Aena had voted in favour of 22 days of walkouts in the run-up to Easter this year, with further industrial action planned for the summer months if union bargaining proved unsuccessful.

Aena operates a number of airports in Spain and around 12,500 staff had been preparing to strike in the row over privatisation plans.

Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary had issued calls for the European Union to "take action" over the planned industrial action by Aena employees.

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