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Spanish Airport Strike Averted

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SPAIN AIRPORT STRIKE
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MADRID -- Spanish airport workers have called off 22 days of rolling strikes during peak tourism periods after winning guarantees of job and wage security from a state-owned employer due for partial privatization.

Union representative Manuel Tapia said 70 percent of the 13,000 employees at the company AENA voted Thursday to cancel the stoppages.

The strike threat came from runway signalers, firefighters and ground crew workers at Spain's airports.

Tapia said they endorsed a deal and eased the threat of travel chaos over Easter and at busy times during the summer travel season.

The agreement guarantees wages, jobs and other terms under the current collective bargaining agreement, which will be extended to 2018.

The government plans to sell off up to 49 percent of debt-heavy AENA as part of a deficit-cutting drive.

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