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The main airport unions - CCOO, UGT and USO - have given a deadline of the end of the month for agreement to be reached on worker pay and new jobs. The first strike at all airports in the Aena network had been scheduled for 15 September. This had already been suspended, and it would appear that other strike dates during the month are now also on hold. However, the unions are warning that there won't be other suspensions if agreement isn't reached. The list of dates for 25 days of 24-hour stoppages up to the end of the year included 1, 6, 11, 15, 27, 30 and 31 October as well as 15, 17, 22, 24 and 29 September.

Representatives from the ministry of development, Aena, Enaire and unions will be holding a further meeting on Tuesday (12 September). At the meeting at the end of last week, the unions said that there were "favourable prospects" of averting strike action. They insisted, however, that strikes will go ahead in October if September ends without resolution of the dispute.

The unions are demanding a pay increase to compensate them for the loss of eight per cent earnings in real terms over the past few years. They are also seeking the creation of 450 jobs at Aena and 250 at Enaire. These correspond to positions that haven't been filled following retirement.