Spain: Air traffic controllers in doghouse

6 December 2010

, 6 December 2010

"The price of mutiny," headlines Público, after the wildcat strike of air traffic controllers on 3 December. 442 out of 2,300 controllers are to be hauled up for disciplinary action, reports the Spanish daily, after they protested the fourth change in their working hours since the beginning of the year, and left 640,000-odd passengers stranded, incurring plenty of public wrath. The government then declared a state of emergency for the first time since 1975 and called in the army to control the air traffic.