Lengthy queues were snaking across the concourse in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 at Barcelona’s El Prat airport as strikes brought misery to holidaymakers on Friday.
The partial strikes led to delays of at almost two hours for travellers passing though security at both terminals.
A video posted on La Vanguardia on Friday lunchtime reveals the extent of the queues in Terminal 2
The hour long strikes – which have been called at 5:30am, 10:30am, 4:30pm and 6.30pm on Friday, Sunday and Monday – led to airlines urging travellers to arrive at the airport at least three hours ahead of their flights.
— Global Travel Mgmt (@GlobalTravelMgt) August 4, 2017
Staff at Eulen, the company which provides the airport with security personnel, are protesting at under-staffing,deficient training and a failure to pay bonuses to workers controlling the airport scanners.
They complain that staff are routinely expected to work 16-hour “stress-filled” days.
Last ditch attempts to negotiate a solution between workers and the company failed.
Delays have been occurring for weeks at the airport security scanners leading to suspicions that workers have been staging an undercover go-slow ahead of the official strike.
They have threatened to extend the strike to 24-hour walkouts from mid-August if their demands are not met.