Staff at El-Prat airport have been staging a work-to-rule protest and deliberately taking the maximum of ten minutes to pass each passenger through security. According to airline bosses, this has caused around 1,000 people to miss flights at the airport in the past few days.
Around 350 staff from the private firm Eulen Seguridad work at the airport controlling queues, operating scanners and searching passengers. A spokesman for the Spanish airlines association Aceta said that up to 30 per cent of flights are being delayed at the airport due to significant numbers of passengers being held up by security.
The dispute is over staffing levels and working conditions, with those striking saying they are stressed and having to work up to 16 hours a day. Mediation between the workers and their bosses at Eulen broke down yesterday at the Catalonia Labour Tribunal. The workers are due to meet tomorrow to discuss further measures.
Increased action, including short hour-long strikes at key points of the day, is expected to begin on Friday 4th August.