British travellers continue to face a long wait at Barcelona Airport as security staff announce further strikes.
Passengers have been forced to wait up to an hour to clear security at Barcelona El Prat airport as security staff continue to strike. The disruption is caused by a series of one-hour strikes spread throughout the day by staff from Eulen, the private company which operates the security scanners, controls queues and searches travellers.
More money, less hours
Workers and bosses are talking but so far no solution has been found. The one-hour strikes are to continue and if no deal is reached, an all-out strike which could leave travellers stranded at the airport with nowhere else to go could be set for 14th August.
Staff are complaining about low pay and long working hours. They demand a 30% wage hike and an increase in staffing levels, with some claiming they are being forced to work shifts as long as 16 hours.
The Spanish Secretary of State for Infrastructure says the workers are “manipulating their ability to generate queues”, and that a 30 per cent salary increase would be “out of the question”.
The delays come on top of a recent increase in EU border controls, piling on double the misery for Brits visiting the Catalan capital.
To add to the chaos of the long lines, the capacity of the airport is being stretched as passengers arrive early to be sure of making it through in time for their flights. Reports in Spanish media said some passengers had arrived at the airport six hours before their scheduled departure time.
If you are travelling to or from Barcelona in the coming days, we strongly advise you to keep watching the news for the latest developments. If the one-hour strikes are planned for the day you plan to travel, allow plenty of extra time. Flights to Barcelona could also be impacted due to delays in departures from BCN caused by the long security lines.