SOLTIMES AUGUST 2010
Air-traffic Controllers Offered 200,000€ If Strike Called Off AENA bosses have offered striking air-traffic controllers an average salary of 200,000 euros a year until 2013 on the condition that they change their minds about downing tools.
They met with members of the air-traffic controllers’ union, USCA, on the afternoon of 4th August to negotiate.
The airline governing body, AENA – which is part of the ministry of public works – has offered salaries ‘way above staff’s European colleagues’ in a bid to make them re-think. But air-traffic controllers, who have threatened to strike for up to three days starting from either August 18 or 20 – to be confirmed – say AENA has been
attempting to bribe them with higher pay and failing to address their real concerns.
around an hour a week from the previous 1,800 hours a year (on average, 35 hours a week).
These include poor shift management, meaning long hours without a break, and the fact that they want to be given the right to retire early at the age of 57.
The plan will include fixed rest periods, programming of working days or nights and 24hour shift sharing, as well as bonuses for productivity.
AENA has attempted to address working times by restricting annual hours to 1,670, with a further 80 hours’ overtime.
If the strike goes ahead, it could cost airlines millions of euros and leave holidaymakers heading for the Mediterranean this summer having to forego their trips.
This supposes a reduction of
Spain Clears Captain Of US Treasure Hunting Ship A Spanish court has cleared the captain of the Odyssey Explorer ship of charges relating to the dispute over priceless treasure recovered from a 19th century shipwreck, the Florida-based company said.
A court in Algeciras, Spain found Captain Sterling Vorus innocent of charges that he obstructed Spanish police when they boarded the Odyssey Explorer in 2007. “The Spanish court ruled that Spanish officials did not have proper authorization to board or search Odyssey’s ship,” the company, Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc., said in a statement. According to Spanish law, police are prevented “from boarding or searching foreign ships without authorization of the captain or the vessel’s flag state, which was never obtained,” so Vorus’s actions “did not rise to the level of illicit conduct.” The incident took place after the Odyssey recovered a priceless trove from a sunken 19th century ship they code-named the “Black Swan.”
In May 2007 the Tampa, Floridabased company announced it had found half a million silver coins and hundreds of gold objects from the ship, which went down in 1804, in the Atlantic Ocean off the Strait of Gibraltar. Spain’s suspicions were raised when the company discreetly shipped its massive find to the United States via the Britishowned port of Gibraltar. Madrid contested the company’s claim to the wreck in a US court in Florida, arguing that if it was a Spanish military vessel -- instead of a private commercial ship -- or if it was located in Spanish waters, any treasure would belong to
Spain. Odyssey said the treasure was found in “international waters in the Atlantic Ocean,” but never gave an exact location citing security concerns. Spain has identified the ship as the Our Lady of Mercedes. When the Mercedes sank in 1804 it led Spain to declare war on Britain and re-enter the Napoleonic Wars. In December a Florida court ruled that Odyssey must return the treasure to Spain, but Odyssey has appealed the ruling. The company “has consistently acted legally and appropriately in accordance with all laws and regulations related to the ‘Black Swan’ arrest and recovery,” Odyssey said.
Spanish Official Unemployment Eases Further In July
The number of people unemployed in Spain, which has the highest rate in the eurozone, fell for the fourth month running in July as the tourism industry hired workers for the summer, the government stated on 3rd August. At the end of July there were 3.9 million registered unemployed, 73,790 fewer than in June, the labour ministry said. It was the fourth month running of falling unemployment. A drop in April had reversed an eightmonth upwards spiral. The service sector showed the largest fall, down 44,496, amid demand by the tourism industry. The ministry does not provide a jobless rate, but the National Statistics Institute, which uses a different calculation method from the labour ministry method, said on Friday that the rate in the second quarter had risen to 20.09 percent in the second quarter from 20.05 percent in the first. It is the highest rate in the 16member eurozone and more than double the 9.6 percent average of the whole European Union. The rise in the overall rate despite the lower monthly figures is attributed to the country’s growing working-age population. The high rate means that the
60% Of Retirees Want To Work Beyond 65 Some 60% of 2,500 over-65s interviewed claim they would like to be able to carry on working in paid employment. Most value their independence very highly, with 87 per cent saying they prefer to live in their own homes even if this means living alone. In fact, only 16 per cent of the elderly live alone, and they are mostly women living in rural locations. Head of the institute of the elderly and social services, Francisco Moza, says the same questionnaire was carried out in 1993 and that ‘things have changed a lot’ since then.
Spanish government faces an even bigger bill for jobless benefits as it tries to rein in a public deficit that hit 11.2 percent of output last year. Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said on Friday that unemployment “is the key issue we still have to tackle.” The Spanish economy, Europe’s fifth-biggest, slumped into recession in 2008 owing to the collapse of a property boom which had long fuelled growth.
He said the over-65s were becoming more and more active, in better health, and were mainly more highly qualified. “We should not waste what these people still have to offer – aside from just being babysitters for the grandchildren,” Moza states. This said, around 70 per cent of over-65s regularly look after their grandchildren, often to a greater extent than the children’s own parents do.
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