472 flights at Balearic airports were cancelled because of the air-traffic controllers. | Archive
The chaos caused by coordinated action by air-traffic controllers in December 2010 has been an issue for the courts more or less ever since. The end of the legal process is now in sight, with the prosecution service offering two possibilities. One (the more likely outcome) would be suspension of employment for two years plus a 30,000 euros fine. The other, on the grounds of sedition, would be for an additional four years' imprisonment for each of the 82 controllers who have been charged. The last time there were charges of sedition followed the failed coup in 1981.
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I suspect if Henry were one of those 'passengers' affected, he would perhaps take a different view. Yes, people should have the right to strike but this was not a lawful strike. They called in sick and created havoc. They knew what the repercussions would be if they walked off the job but I suspect, they didn't think of the consequences. Likening this to Spanish rule under Franco is absurd.
They didn't have a legitimate cause.
The air traffic controllers should have just as much right as anyone else to strike if they feel that they have a legitimate cause and all else fails,they are civilians,not in the military and should have the same rights as any other Spanish civilian. I thought Franco was dead and Spain was a democracy,this smakes of the Franco dictatership to me.