Spanish Air Traffic Controllers Struggle

Spanish air traffic controller: “The unions, the political parties. No one supported us.”

By Paul Mitchell, 23 March 2011

Marcelino Victoria, a Spanish air traffic controller, contacted the World Socialist Web Site recently, thanking us for our support and agreed to talk to reporter Paul Mitchell.

Spain’s ex-radical groups apologise for unions’ acceptance of social pact

By Paul Stuart and Alejandro López, 16 March 2011

Last month, the Partido Socialista Obrero Español (Spanish Socialist Workers Party—PSOE) government, the employers and the trade unions signed a “grand social pact” whose provisions include raising the official retirement age from 65 to 67 by 2013.

Spain’s air traffic controllers union backs military policing of its members

By Vicky Short and Paul Stuart, 10 February 2011

On December 4, Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero’s social-democratic government passed a Royal Decree, imposing a “state of alarm” on 2,200 air traffic controllers.

Reply to a reader on the Spanish air traffic controllers

5 February 2011

The WSWS responds to a letter denouncing our coverage of the by Spanish air traffic controllers.

Spanish unions and middle class “left” back state repression of air traffic controllers

By Alejandro López and Paul Stuart, 22 January 2011

Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero’s government imposed a “state of alarm” on 2,200 air traffic controllers December 4, subjecting them to military discipline to force them back to work.

Spanish air traffic controllers’ union facilitates government persecution of its members

By Robert Stevens and Paul Stuart, 7 January 2011

The Spanish Socialist Workers Party government has stepped up its offensive against 2,200 air traffic controllers.

Spanish parliament votes to extend dictatorial powers

By Paul Stuart, 20 December 2010

Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero’s Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) government has extended to January 15 the “state of alert” imposed upon 2,200 air traffic controllers on December 4—placing them under military control.

Spain’s air traffic controllers targeted for escalating state repression

By Paul Mitchell and Chris Marsden, 11 December 2010

The Spanish Socialist Workers Party governments’ top law official, Attorney General Cándido Conde-Pumpido, is demanding prison sentences of up to eight years for hundreds of air traffic controllers who organised a strike last weekend.

A letter on the Spanish air traffic controllers’ struggle

8 December 2010

The WSWS replied to this letter writer from Spain defending the Zapatero government’s attack on air traffic controllers.

A reply to a letter on the Spanish air traffic controllers’ struggle

By Jerry White, 8 December 2010

The WSWS replied to a letter writer from Spain defending the Zapatero government’s attack on air traffic controllers.

Spanish air traffic controller: “We have arrived at something akin to Stalinist Russia, the Stasi or Hitler’s SS”

8 December 2010

This correspondence has been sent to the WSWS by a Spanish air traffic controller. It details the impact of the emergency legislation imposed by the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) government, bringing in military control of airports, including forced labour at gunpoint.

A reply to a letter on the Spanish air traffic controllers’ struggle

8 December 2010

The WSWS received this letter from Spain defending the Zapatero government’s military suppression of the air traffic controllers and criticizing the December 6 WSWS Perspective, “The threat of dictatorship in Spain” by Robert Stevens. A reply by WSWS writer Jerry White follows.

Spanish air traffic controller: “We are living now like under Franco”

By Chris Marsden, 7 December 2010

A number of Spanish air traffic controllers contacted the World Socialist Web Site to describe the state terror employed against them under the emergency measures imposed by the Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) government.

Spanish government sends army to break air traffic controllers strike

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 4 December 2010

Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero signed an order to send army units to occupy control towers in airports around Spain, to break a wildcat strike by air traffic controllers.