By Anna Ellis •
Updated: 24 Oct 2023 • 13:48
Protest Erupts at Alicante-Elche Airport Over Job Insecurity. Image: Veja / Shutterstock.com
A wave of frustration and concern swept through Alicante-Elche Miguel Hernandez Airport on October 23.
The UGT and Workers’ Commissions (CCOO) organised a demonstration at the airport’s main gate.
The gathering was a resounding response to the rising job insecurity among Spanish airport workers and the perceived mishandling of the situation by Aena, the entity responsible for managing and operating Spanish airports.
The catalyst for this outcry is the recent decision to terminate Iberia handling services at a minimum of eight Spanish airports, including Alicante-Elche.
This decision has cast a shadow of uncertainty over the livelihoods of over 300 employees working under the Iberia and Swissport banners.
“Handling” encompasses the intricate web of coordinated operations that make the boarding and disembarking of passengers and goods from aircraft as seamless and secure as possible.
It covers everything from baggage handling and ramp services to document processing, aircraft guidance, and cargo loading.
The protest at Alicante-Elche Airport serves as a stark reminder of the critical role played by these behind-the-scenes heroes, who often toil in the shadows to ensure our air travel experiences are trouble-free.
It’s a rallying cry for job security, and fair treatment, and a reminder that the aviation industry’s backbone relies on the dedication of these workers.
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Originally from Derbyshire, Anna has lived in the middle of nowhere on the Costa Blanca for 19 years. She is passionate about her animal family including four dogs and four horses, musicals and cooking.
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