Russians planning to celebrate the New Year in Spain will face chaos

Russians planning to celebrate the New Year in Spain will face chaos

Russian tourists planning to fly to Spain for the New Year will probably not be able to do so because for the chaos that will arise in the New Year and the Christmas holidays. This will be “taken care of” by airport employees who have announced their intention to strike from late December – early January.

In addition to Russians, travelers from other countries, including those from the European Union and the economic zone, may also be affected. all staff are expected to go on strike, Schengenvisainfo said. According to the leadership of the trade union Federation of Civil Service Workers (CCOO), announced last Tuesday, December 13, the entire staff of the Spanish airport operator Aena will go on strike. A large-scale cancellation of work is scheduled for December 22, 23, 30 and 31, as well as January 5 and 6. High consumer prices have pushed Spanish unions to put pressure on employers for higher wages, Reuters reported. Through their protest actions, the staff intends to return stimulus payments that were a substantial part of their wages, but were suspended during the coronavirus pandemic.

As the publication noted, other unions in Spain, including the UGT and USO, said that their members will not support their colleagues. Moreover, the same source said that the Aena representative will continue negotiations with CCOO and will try to reach an agreement next week, which means that there is still a chance for a “smooth” operation of airports in Spain.

“During the years of the pandemic, and as an important gesture of responsibility, we did not demand the payment of bonuses,” the Spaniards said and referred to the fact that tourist traffic returned to pre-pandemic levels, which means that the company has returned income.
This year, the number of travelers , arriving in Spain has increased significantly: almost 7.2 million foreign tourists visited the country in the Pyrenees in October this year.

According to the Ministry of Tourism of Spain, such a large number amounted to 94.6% of those who reached the country in the same month of pre-Covid 2019 is evidence that the popular tourist destination is on track for a full recovery. The agency also reported that in the first ten months of 2022, 63.1 million tourists decided to visit Spain for tourism purposes – this is 84.6% of the number registered for the same period in 2019.

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