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Iberia ground crew resumes August 30-31 Barcelona strike plan

Iberia ground crew resumes August 30-31 Barcelona strike plan
FILE PHOTO: An Iberia Airbus A320-200 airplane passes a Stop sign as it lands at Barcelona-El Prat airport, in Barcelona, Spain, July 24, 2018. REUTERS/Albert Gea/File Photo -
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BARCELONA (Reuters) – Iberia’s ground crew will go ahead with planned strikes at Barcelona’s El Prat airport on Aug. 30-31, trade union UGT said on Wednesday, only a few hours after suggesting the stoppage could be called off.

The Spanish umbrella union said earlier on Wednesday that it would cancel the strike to avoid delays for passengers during the peak holiday season and to facilitate ongoing talks with Iberia over working conditions.

But UGT spokesman Omar Minguillon told reporters that this plan had collapsed after Iberia would not accept the formation of a monitoring committee by the local government.

Iberia, part of British Airways owner International Airlines Group <ICAG.L>, had no immediate comment.

Previous strikes last weekend caused the cancellation of more than 350 flights, affecting more than 35,000 passengers flying various airlines, the union said. Spain’s flag carrier Iberia serves a number of other airlines as clients.

El Prat is Spain’s second-largest airport and has a significant increase in traffic in summer.

(Reporting by Sam Edwards, editing by Andrei Khalip and Jane Merriman)

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