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Spanish strike action spells widespread Easter travel disruption

Strike negotiations may be required to avert planned industrial action in Spain.

10 March 2011

Negotiation strategies may need to be considered if widespread travel disruption is to be averted this Easter.

Industrial action by staff at many of Spain's airports will see two 48-hour walk-outs take place over the festive period.

Unions have also laid out plans for a number of other strike days, which aim to put pressure on the country's tourism authorities over plans to partly privatise certain facilities in an effort to help tackle the national deficit.

Industrial action will take place on the Wednesday and Thursday prior to Good Friday, with a range of other dates set for May, June and July.

The Daily Mail reports that a spokesman for budget carrier bmi Baby, has called on the disputing parties to participate in strike negotiations and minimise the disruption to travellers.

Spain faced similar problems at the end of last year, after its air traffic controllers initiated industrial action at a number of airports throughout the country.

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