ENAIRE, the Public Business Entity attached to the Ministry of Public Works, has today signed an update of the Second Collective Agreement with the Air Traffic Controllers' union (USCA), valid until 31 December 2020, guaranteeing a stable framework for five years.
The agreement ratified today by the Monitoring Committee following authorization by the tracking Committee for Collective Bargaining for Public Companies and approvement by the National Assembly of the above mentioned Trade Union, entails maintaining a period of continued stability with a labour relations framework agreed by both parties and with a progressive improvement in the efficiency of the services. Thus, a new phase in employment relations between the company and air traffic control professionals is opening up.
The agreement also ensures a decisive step towards efficiently managing the growth in air traffic already forecast over the next few years, generating confidence in the sector and in the airlines operating in this country, facilitating growth and development of air transport. It likewise will allow to appropriately address the important challenges which the Single European Sky poses for ENAIRE, Spanish air navigation system and the aeronautical sector, a key motor in the economic development of this country.
The update of the Second Collective Agreement, whose current extension was to expire in October 2016, has consisted in modifying a series of points of this agreement and extending it in time until 31 December 2020.
In the settlement reached, certain aspects of the Agreement in force are clarified, and there is no variation in working hours over the year or month. Maintenance of the current working day implies a future guarantee in the face of the predicted growth in air traffic over the next few years, permitting continuity of the service and upkeep of the current standards of safety and quality.
From an economic point of view, the agreement signed does not envisage any variation in salaries and, therefore, maintains the current total payroll cost.
The updated Second Collective Agreement will be registered and published in the next few days.
ENAIRE, the public air navigation service provider in Spain, which manages around 1.8 million flights and controls an airspace of over 2 million square kilometres, has more than 2,200 highly qualified air traffic controllers.