IAG’s Iberia endures first day of strike action at its Madrid hub

City A.M. Reporter
STRIKING union workers clashed with police at Madrid’s Barajas airport yesterday on the first day of a week-long strike over more than 3,800 pending job cuts at British Airway’s sister airline Iberia, part of London-listed IAG.

More than 80 Iberia f lights were cancelled as workers at the carrier began a series of five-day walkouts that are expected to cost the airline and struggling national economy millions of euros in lost business.

Hundreds of workers flooded into the airport to noisily protest, chanting and whistling, with one group staging a sit-in. About 2,000 people demonstrated outside the terminal.

Demonstrators waved Spanish flags and banners saying “British go home”. At least five people were arrested.