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Ryanair boss petitions EU over Spanish airport strikes

Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary has called on the EU to take action on Spanish strikes.

14 March 2011

Strike negotiations could be prompted after Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary petitioned the EU over planned industrial action in Spain.

Recounting a similar situation in 2010, where the walkout of air traffic controllers in the European country caused widespread travel disruption, he urged policymakers to address the issue.

He called on the EU to "take action" on employees at Aena, the Spanish state-owned company that operates a number of airports in the nation, stating that Ryanair will not allow further inconveniences to effect its passengers.

Calling the planned strike action "selfish", O'Leary petitioned policymakers to implement measures to minimise disruptions.

"Action must be taken at EU level to ensure that the 'right to strike' is removed from essential airport services," he said.

Industrial action is currently planned in the lead-up to Easter, with staff at many of Spain's airports scheduled to walk-out on other dates in May, June and July if no further strike negotiations take place.

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