The ground crews for Iberia are staging two airport strikes in Spain at the end of August. They will affect Madrid Barajas and Barcelona El-Prat airports.
The Iberia strike at Madrid will take place on Friday the 30th and Saturday the 31th. The strike in El-Prat will be longer: the first wave of strikes will hit the Barcelona airport on August 24 and 25 (Friday and Saturday) while the second will coincide with the Madrid strike and take place on August 30 and 31. Expect delays and cancellations!
UGT, the union behind the Madrid strike, demand more full-time contracts, training, and the use of new vehicles. The strike in Barcelona is the follow-up for the only in July: the workers are still complaining of long work hours and understaffing.
As always, air passengers affected by delays and cancellations have all the usual rights granted to them under Regulation (EC) 261/2004. For delays lasting more than two hours, the airline has to provide you with free meals and drinks. You should also be allowed to make two free calls, use email or send a free fax. If you have to wait for the flight for one or more nights, the carrier has to provide you with free accommodation at a hotel, including transport to/from the airport. In case they’re unable/unwilling to do this, save the receipts: all “rational” expenses (no VIP penthouses, caviar or limos) should be refunded afterwards.
Normally, strikes and wildcat strikes are not considered grounds for awarding flight compensation, even though it’s Skycop’s opinion that delayed or cancelled flight compensation should apply to strikes of airline personnel. Afterall, the airlines should take care of them even better than they take care of the material aspects of the flight operation. Sometimes, however, disruptions caused by an airline strike may be claimable – check out airport and airline strike list for 2019 and find out if that’s the case with your disrupted flight.