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Spanish airport strike: Civil Guard step up

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 01:11

Spain's Civil Guard will handle security controls at Barcelona's airport from Monday to limit disruptions from a planned strike by security staff. Ciara Lee reports

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They're trying to keep things moving... But the queues keep growing. Spain's Civil Guard have taken over security controls at Barcelona's El Prat airport. They're hoping to limit disruptions from an indefinite strike by security staff. And for now, it seems to be working. (SOUNDBITE)(Catalan) UNIDENTIFIED PASSENGER SAYING: "The passengers need some kind of solution, this temporary solution works." (SOUNDBITE) (Catalan) UNIDENTIFIED PASSENGER SAYING: "Paralysing flights is unacceptable, I think it's good the Civil Guard are here." Holidaymakers are arriving in record numbers to Spain this year. Barcelona's El Prat is Spain's second busiest airport, and a major hub for international airlines, giving easy access to the north-eastern Mediterranean coast. Employees of security company Eulen have held a series of stoppages since early August to demand better working conditions and more staff. After failing to reach a deal over the weekend, they've gone ahead with the indefinite around the clock walk-out. The strike could deter visitors already feeling the heat from protests against tourism and its impact on the local economy. //// Spain's holiday reputation is also feeling the heat from recent protests against mass tourism and its impact on the local economy.

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Spanish airport strike: Civil Guard step up

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 01:11