The cleaning staff at Ibiza airport will return to work on Tuesday morning (23/05/17) after they voted by 17 to 5 to accept new proposals put forward by Spanish airport operator AENA and their respective unions. 

After 2 days of ‘hard negotiations’ the deadlock was finally broken at 11pm on Monday night when the cleaners accepted a new deal which will see them receive 2 of their outstanding monthly payments almost immediately from the unfrozen accounts of the bankrupt company  ‘Kle’ after administrators agreed to lift an embargo. 

The other monthly payment plus an extra payment will be paid through the Wage Guarantee Fund (FOGASA) with the objective for this to be paid “within 3 months”. 

The dispute hit global headlines with a social media frenzy of photos and videos being picked up by press agencies from around the world highlighting the disgusting conditions for those arriving and departing at Ibiza’s main hub. 

The unpaid staff can now finally get back to work, collect their salary and put this sorry story behind them but this dispute has only served to underscore the importance of a fully functioning airport and with it’s end the island can now focus on the busy summer ahead.

Author: Martin Makepeace

Englishman living and working in Ibiza since 1991. Entrepreneur with a passion for villas, boats, sunsets and San Antonio. Read my blogs, listen to my podcasts and catch me on Radio One Mallorca every Tuesday morning.

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