miércoles, 8 de diciembre de 2010

ZAPATERO’S ALARMING ROYAL DECREES




SPANISH AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS SUBJECTED TO MILITARY RULE


By Louis Ryan 

This weekend the people of Spain witnessed scenes that are not normally associated with a functioning democracy. On Saturday at midday the government of José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero declared Estado de Alarma – the first time that such a State of Alarm has been declared in the country since the end of the Franco dictatorship in 1975. As a direct result of this declaration, the Ministry for Public Works ceded control of the Spanish airport system to the Ministry for Defence. 

The country’s air traffic controllers, who had embarked on a wildcat strike 18 hours previously, were informed that they were now effectively under martial law. Failure to obey the military authorities would be treated as sedition, a charge punishable with up to 15 years imprisonment. In the hours that followed, the strikers were forced back to their posts, virtually and in some cases literally at gunpoint.

The detonator for this explosion of anger and desperation on the part of the country’s ATCs was a Royal Decree issued on Friday 3 December. In Spain, Royal Decrees can be introduced by a government without prior approval by parliament of the measures they contain. As such they are generally considered anti-democratic, and justifiable, if at all, only in very exceptional circumstances. 

Yet this was the third such decree targeting controllers to be promulgated by the Zapatero government in under a year. The spontaneous and unanimous strike that followed was to lead to the cancellation of 4,600 flights, causing frustration and misery for hundreds of thousands of would-be airline passengers amidst scenes of unprecedented chaos. In the wake of the twenty-hour stoppage, many of the strikers run the risk of lengthy prison sentences, while the controllers as a body face the prospect of civil claims running to hundreds of millions of euros.

The events of 3 and 4 December were just the latest and most dramatic spike in a conflict that has been simmering since the first Royal Decree issued by the Zapatero government on 5 February of this year. That decree effectively slashed ATC salaries by up to half, obliged control tower and control centre personnel to work longer and more flexible hours, and subjected them to a series of arbitrary changes to working practices, imposed without consultation with the controllers’ trade union, USCA.


One of the principal changes effected by the Royal Decree of 5 February was that hours previously worked as overtime would henceforth be incorporated into the standard working roster. These overtime hours, paid at three times the normal rate, had ballooned over the previous years, as a buoyant tourist industry kept Spanish airports working briskly. 

The situation suited AENA, the semi-state employer which runs the Spanish airport system, as it allowed it to neglect the training and incorporation of new ATCs into the system. The ATCs also benefited financially, even if it meant that they worked longer hours than any of their European counterparts. With the entry into force of the 5 February decree, however, the ATCs were left with the worst of both worlds. Their long hours became the new norm, while at the same time their pay and conditions deteriorated sharply.

Just how much Spanish ATCs actually get paid has been a matter of controversy throughout the last year, since Blanco first started his demagogic campaign against this “privileged” sector of the workforce. The most fantastic figures have been bandied about – Blanco himself spoke at one point of annual salaries of 600,000 euros prior to the first decree. But the most common figures cited in the press and media over recent months have been the following: salaries of 350,000 euros up to February, reduced subsequently to 200,000 euros. If repetition could make something true, then these figures would certainly be true by now. However it does not, and they are not.

Spanish ATCs over the last year have got used to living in a kind of dual reality so far as their incomes are concerned. There is on the one hand their virtual income, which is the income they read about in the media, and that gets thrown back at them by the majority that take their cue from media denunciations of so-called privilege. Then there is their real income, which is what they read from their pay slips. The latter is about half of the former. 

Annual pre-February pay for a controller of median seniority and responsibility was in the order of 200,000 euros, and currently stands at around 100,000 euros. Of course even now ATCs remain one of the higher-paid sectors of the workforce, but they have qualifications, training and responsibility to match.

Whatever the mere facts of the matter, Blanco’s rhetoric against privileged yet spoiled and troublesome controllers has stoked resentment in a country suffering 20 per cent unemployment. At one point in the softening-up process he actually threatened to publish the names and addresses of all of the 2,400 air traffic controllers in the country. To what end? So that the local populace could take direct action against the pariahs?

Of course it is a tried and trusted formula: single out a well-paid sector of the workforce, subject them to unremitting vilification in the media, establish a precedent for slashing salaries and imposing draconian changes in working conditions – and then when the formula has been widely purchased throughout the country, generalise it to other sectors, so that many who applauded when the medicine was applied to the original target group find now that they have to take it themselves as well.

No professional body or group of workers is likely to enjoy having their incomes slashed by 40 or 50 per cent. And yet neither the strike action threatened by the ATCs in August, nor the stoppage actually carried out this weekend, was about salaries. What has fuelled tensions the most throughout the last ten months is the high-handed and arbitrary behaviour of AENA management, combined as it is with a rank incompetence which has greatly worsened an already difficult situation. All of these features were very much in evidence in the issue that triggered the wildcat strike over the weekend.

The problem goes back once again to the measures introduced in February by the first Royal Decree. These ensured the abolition of paid overtime by setting a new limit on the total number of hours an ATC could work in a given year. Yet by the end of November it was becoming apparent that some ATCs in the smaller airports were already approaching their 1670 hour annual limit. With Christmas looming, AENA and the government found itself hoist with its own petard: the limit they had themselves imposed on the workforce was now threatening a shortage of controllers with hours still left to work in the final weeks of the year.

The response of AENA, aided and abetted as always by Blanco, was to introduce a new concept called “aeronautical hours”, as distinct from normal working hours. Aeronautical hours were to be computed on the basis of the time that controllers spent “plugged in” to their frequencies. They excluded everything else – sick leave, maternity leave, stand-by shifts, on-the-job training, even breaks for rest within shifts. In effect, the ATCs were being told they had to work without remuneration through the last weeks of the year in order to make up for a shortfall arising out of measures imposed on them arbitrarily and without negotiation back in February. Once again AENA and Blanco were demonstrating an arrogance matched only by their own incompetence and lack of foresight.

The Royal Decree issued on Friday 3 December was promulgated with the ostensible aim of ensuring the free flow of traffic through the busy Christmas period. Yet there is a time in Spain that traditionally is even busier for airports than Christmas. Both the 6th (Constitution Day) and the 8th of December are public holidays, and together they form the so-called Puente de la Constitución, the Bridging Holiday of the Constitution. So the Government had chosen the day immediately preceding the busiest long weekend of the year in Spain to decree an inflammatory measure against a sector of the workforce that was crucial to the smooth functioning of air traffic. It did so, moreover, fully aware of the simmering anger and resentment of the ATCs after 10 months of unremitting attacks on their reputation and working conditions. Was this sheer stupidity and incompetence on the government’s part, or was there a secret agenda of provocation and reprisal lying behind their apparent ineptitude?

Both interpretations have something going for them. Certainly stupidity and incompetence are factors not to be lightly underestimated when considering the actions of Señor Zapatero and his Socialist Party acolytes. The issue of the 1670 hour annual limit, for example, was a perfectly foreseeable problem, and indeed it had been flagged up repeatedly by USCA in the preceding months. No response of any kind either from AENA or the Government, until matters started to come to a head in the latter half of November. 

This lack of foresight is very much of a piece with the makeshift reactions of the Zapatero government to the recession that is ravaging the Spanish economy as a whole. It might seem rather far-fetched, then, to attribute to this bunch of incompetents the ability to devise and see through a machiavellian plan for stitching up the ATCs once and for all.

And yet a strong case could be made for the existence of just such a plan on the part of the Government. First, it is hard to find a reason why a set of measures which could easily have waited until the middle of the following week should have been decreed precisely on the day previous to Spain’s most important bridging holiday, unless we factor into the equation a desire to provoke a response in the heat of the moment from the ATCs. Certainly if that was the calculation on the Government’s part, it has paid its dividends, for the ATCs in the wake of their wildcat strike have effectively been smashed as a collective body. But there are other factors also which support the thesis of a secret agenda.

The Royal Decree of Friday 3 December dealt with other matters besides the working hours of the ATCs. It also abolished the pitiful allowance of 426 euros a month for those workers who have come to the end of their unemployment benefits. It substantially increased taxes on fuel, alcohol and tobacco. It advanced a controversial reform that would raise the pension age from 65 to 67. It lowered taxes on businesses. And it announced the privatisation of the national lottery and – touching more closely on the big issue of the weekend – the country’s two biggest airports, Barajas in Madrid and El Prat in Barcelona. 

Yet all through the latter half of Friday, and then Saturday and Sunday as well, there was only one news story in the country. ESTADO DE ALARMA was emblazoned on a red background across the bottom half of the screen on both Spanish CNN and the State-run 24 hour news channel throughout the weekend. In between ministerial denunciations of the strikers, distraught passengers were interviewed by sympathetic reporters anxious to learn how the dastardly air traffic controllers had ruined their holidays.

The misery inflicted on tens of thousands of would-be holiday-makers was of course incalculable. Instead of family reunions or vacations in the countryside or by the sea, thousands spent much of the weekend waiting in airports or, if they were lucky enough, in some improvised hotel accommodation.

If there was indeed a machiavellian plan on the part of the Government and AENA, here surely was the greatest risk – that the stranded multitudes might blame them rather than the striking controllers for ruining their holidays. For this reason the ATCs had to be kept unremittingly in the frame. While one Socialist Party spokesman described the controllers as “delinquents and mafiosi”, the squeaky-voiced and pugilistic Blanco vowed retribution on the strikers.

A curious side-light on the character of José Blanco emerges in the latest revelations from Wikileaks, which includes US embassy assessments of the leading figures in Zapatero’s government. Blanco is reported to be “an untrustworthy individual” who has “a particular unfailing idiosyncrasy: he does not look his interlocutors in the eye when he shakes their hand.” USCA representatives, among others, will no doubt be familiar with that experience.

The Americans have rather a different opinion of the Vice-president and Spokesman of the Government, Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, whom they judge to be easily the most capable and intelligent of Zapatero’s ministers. If anyone is fitted to play the Machiavelli in the present government, it is surely this astute and devious politician. 

From Friday afternoon onwards he effectively sidelined the crude Blanco, becoming the Government’s front man as he delivered updates from the crisis cabinet into the early hours of Saturday morning – with Zapatero himself, strangely enough, nowhere to be seen. The prime minister had earlier cancelled his attendance at the annual Ibero-American summit held last week in Argentina. This highly unusual step has strengthened many in the view that the events of the weekend were at least anticipated if not actually planned in advance by the government.

Rubalcaba’s current pre-eminence on the Government side is a reflection of more than just his own personal capacities. For the Vice-President and Government Spokesman also holds the key post of Minister for the Interior, which means he is entrusted with vital issues pertaining to state security. As such he has considerable experience in the techniques of counter-terrorism that have been used to defeat the Basque separatist group, ETA. 

Not that the Government at any time used the T word against the controllers – delinquents and mafiosi will do for the moment. Even so, scenes of large-scale military and armed police activity together with convoys of armoured vehicles generated an atmosphere familiar to Spanish television viewers from the more intense moments of the Basque conflict. Beyond that lurks the living memory of the Franco dictatorship, based as it was on the coercive power of the armed forces. It has taken an ostensibly Socialist government to raise that spectre once again.

The controllers themselves were under little illusion as to what awaited them once they embarked on their desperate course of action. Following their refusal to work (there was no formal declaration of a strike) ATCs met throughout the country in permanent assembly, so as to keep their spirits up and strengthen their solidarity. 

On the island of Majorca, a popular tourist destination with the third largest airport in the country, the ATCs adjourned on Friday evening to a hotel in Palma, the island’s capital, before decamping en masse and taking literally to the hills. They eventually holed up at an isolated hostel in the mountains so as to avoid the attentions of the Judicial Police, despatched to serve notice on them to return to work.

That the precautions taken by the Majorcan ATCs were not excessive was demonstrated all too vividly by the scenes being played out at the same time in Madrid. There the ATCs had gathered in a hotel near Barajas airport, only to be surrounded by the quasi-military Guardia Civil, who at the same time served as a buffer against dozens of irate passengers. Towards midnight on Friday night the Guardia Civil proceeded to identify the ATCs gathered there, and demanded their return to work. Still the strikers held firm. Shortly afterwards, at 2 am, Rubalcaba threatened in another press conference to introduce a State of Alarm.

On Saturday morning the Majorcan ATCs reassembled in the Palma control centre. I had the opportunity to speak by cell phone with one of them who is very close to me. Moderate both by temperament and conviction, she had always been opposed to radical measures which would have a negative impact on airline passengers. 

Yet like so many others, she felt this time that AENA and Blanco had pushed them beyond the limit. Now they had gone this far, there was no turning back. She was still determined to fight on after a sleepless night in the mountains with her embattled colleagues. And there was even a little good news: French and Portuguese ATCs had declared they would refuse to handle aircraft sent to them from Spain by the military controllers that the Government was drafting in to replace their civilian counterparts. 

Also she had just come across a couple of cleaning ladies, who knew better than most the real conditions in which the ATCs worked. She was moved to tears when they told her to keep it up, that they had their support. For all the poisoned rhetoric of Blanco, the government and the media that presented the controllers as privileged, pampered and overpaid, workers at the bottom of the heap were still willing to express their solidarity – all the more so since they would certainly have been aware, if they happened to work at an airport, that the Government had plans for them as well.

Any faint hopes the ATCs may have held to, however, were soon dashed. The declaration of the State of Alarm shortly after midday on Saturday was followed two hours later by letters from AENA delivered to each and every striking controller. With the airport system already effectively under army control, these letters informed their recipients that failure to comply with military orders would lead to prosecution under the Military Penal Code. The maximum penalties resulting from a charge of sedition could be up to fifteen years in prison.

Anyone challenging the authority of the State, Rubalcaba was saying now on television, would lose. He has a peculiar way of moving his hands up and down and sideways as he speaks, as though weaving a spider’s web. The ATCs were trapped. There was no way out, except to troop back to their posts under the watchful eye of the Guardia Civil. Slowly through Saturday evening and Sunday the air traffic began to flow again. By Monday it was back almost to normal.

However there is no sign of normality returning for Spain’s air traffic controllers. Following the events of this weekend, they now have to defend themselves on three fronts. First, AENA has already undertaken disciplinary action against 442 controllers, or about a fifth of the total. Penalties could range from heavy fines and retention of salary through to outright dismissal and loss of their controller’s license. Next, criminal proceedings are likely to be initiated against large numbers of controllers – a figure of 500 is being talked about. 

In Madrid, a hundred have already been served with notice of such proceedings. While it seems now that they will be tried in civil rather than military courts, they could still incur heavy prison sentences. These are likely to range from three months to three years for minor offences, and three to eight years for the more serious charges. And last but by no means least, civil actions are set to be taken by businesses and individuals claiming compensation for personal inconvenience and loss of earnings arising out of the events of last Friday and Saturday. Since figures in the hundreds of millions of euros are already being bandied about, and since the actions will presumably be taken against the controllers collectively, no one who participated in the events of this weekend can consider their home or personal assets safe.

In the medium term, there are signs that the Government plans to replace sacked ATCs with military controllers. The civilians would thus be obliged to work side by side with under-qualified military personnel who have supplanted colleagues that have fallen victim to the post-strike purge. 

What seems likely to emerge from this traumatic process is a workforce that is fractured and browbeaten, with pay and conditions eroded still further, and with the esprit de corps which has seen them through the last nightmarish year finally broken. All in all, a most enticing proposition for the private operators that Zapatero and his cronies wish to attract into the system. And a grim prospect for those left to make the system work.








39 comentarios:

  1. me lo pueden traducir? yo es que soy del bachiller de francés...

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  2. This issue should be sent to all the newspapers of western countries

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  3. amen. lo ha dicho bien el guiri este.

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  4. podrias decir donde se ha publicado este artículo?
    gracias y ánimo

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  5. Hola Cristina,
    Ante todo ánimo y fuerza para seguir manteniendo ese espíritu de lucha.
    Este artículo me parece un resumen magnifico de lo acontecido, es por lo que me atrevo a recomendarte que lo traduzcas y cites su origen.
    Cuando la mayoría de este pueblo analfabeto (políticamente hablando) se sumaba al apedreamiento público contra controladores (y por ende contra todos los asalariados de este país, contra los más de 4.500.000 parados, contra los jubilados que ven reducidas sus ya menguadas pensiones, contra los funcionarios, contra el estatuto de los trabajadores (modifado de forma brutal, abaratando y permitiendo el libre despido)), repito, mientras sucedía, el Gobierno se frotaba las manos, había conseguido lo que pretendía: que se dejara de hablar de su mala gestión de la crisis y, de paso, privatizar (o regalar, porque ya veremos quien se lleva el 45% de unas de las Sociedades Mercantiles Públicas más rentables).
    Me avergüenzo de estos compatriotas míos que lo único que les preocupa es seguir teniendo un partidito de futbol en abierto de cuando en cuando (y para eso es muy eficaz nuestro Gobierno poniéndo la zanahoria delante del hociquito de todos estos borregos), son seguidores fanáticos de la Belén Esteban y todo lo que salga en Telecirco.
    Me avergüenzo de este pueblo cateto y pueblerino, que reboza emvidia y mala baba. Sólo reconocen a los Gobiernos casposos y militarizados y es que en el fondo echan de menos al otro gallego (no pepiño, aunque en las maneras se parezca) que nos pisoteó durante más de 40 años.
    Mientras los trabajadores de este país sigamos sin tener conciencia de clase, la más numerosa y poderosa de todas, mientras esto no ocurra seguiremos siendo los siervos del cortijo y es que algunos no saben hacer otra cosa.
    La lucha de los controladores es la lucha de los parados, la de los pensionistas, la de los funcionarios, la de todos los trabajadores sometidos por estos mal llamados progresistas que sólo Gobiernan a base de Decreto y respaldados con la fuerza de los militares.

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  6. Thank you for your entry. It seems that all fucking comments should be read in Spanish, and as fas as I know, greedy people only speaks in spanish.
    Bests for your cause.

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  7. A esta entrada no entra ninguno a insultarte porque además de fanáticos, no saben Inglés.

    ¡¡Ánimo!!

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  8. Se puede decir más alto pero no más claro.

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  9. Lo bueno de esto es que si Zapatero lo lee dira:"sankiú"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6GQ-5-Kb7Q

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  10. I recently got into an argument with someone over the ATC's. She said they should all be sacked. I strongly disagreed, and I told her that I felt sorry for them. She thought I was mad. I just don't know how many people cannot see through the Government's actions. They manipulated the situation to their advantage, they were callous and disrespectful. 'The stage' was theirs and they played their 'save the day' act to perfection. The truth is, the Government don't give a monkey's about it's citizens and they proved that at the weekend.

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  11. Se nota que Blanco es un incompetente, la cagó con el anterior Decreto Ley y se quedó corto de horas, pero es que encima se lo avisaron y ni caso.
    Para solucionarlo no se le ocurre otra cosa que pisotear los derechos de los trabajadores y ponerlos a currar gratis.

    ¿No hubiera sido más efectivo subir las horas extras anuales de 80 a 400 (no se cuantas horas echais al día, pero creo que con 400 llega)?

    Así todos contentos, los controladores siguen trabajando y los pasajeros disfrutando de sus vacaciones.


    Un aviso a todos: "Cuando las barbas de tu vecino veas pelar pon las tuyas a remojar".

    ¿Qué pasaría si de pronto el gobierno decide con un Decreto Ley quitarles a todos los trabajadores el derecho a reunión y huelga y además imponer un salario máximo de 600 euros al mes para que seamos más competitivos?

    ¿Qué haríais?

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  12. Parece que la peña no entiende de inglés, esto está vacio...

    suerte con la que te espera guapa... y muchos animos

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  13. Muy buena la reflexion y muy bueno el comentario de los 600 euros y la competitividad.

    Creo que cada vez mas gente se empieza a quitar la venda de los ojos. Pero claro, aun hay tanto borrego en masa que solo consume fotones televisivos propagandisticos...

    Despertaran algun dia de su sueño eterno??

    Guy Fawkes

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  14. pues esto de militarizar no esta tan mal....pa cuando sale el decreto que ponga a militares detras de tos estos politicos que han cobrao en negro?

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  15. El gobierno no tiene ningun limite, ni moral, ni legal, para cuadrar el ideal mundo en el que vive, con la realidad del pueblo que gobierna. No quiere estar sujeto a nada, solo ejercer el poder más absoluto y de la forma más chulesca posible.

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  16. http://www.kaosenlared.net/noticia/146882/nulidad-militarizacion-controladores

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  17. El presidente de la FAME, Jesús Navarro Jiménez, militar (R) y abogado, ha señalado que la Ley 50/1969, Básica de Movilización Nacional, que regula la militarización del personal civil, por necesidades de la defensa nacional o cuando situaciones excepcionales así lo exijan” y que regula sus “deberes y derechos” (art. 11), así como el “fuero aplicable” (art. 18), y que no es otro que el Código de Justicia Militar (actuales leyes penal, disciplinaria y procesal militar), está derogada y no ha sido sustituida por una nueva.

    En efecto, la citada Ley de Movilización (y militarización) debía de haber sido sustituida por una nueva, de acuerdo con lo previsto en la Ley Orgánica de la Defensa Nacional de 1980 (art. 14), pero ese mandato nunca llegó a cumplirse y, por tanto seguía vigente la ley de 1969 (como vigente sigue la Ley de Navegación Aérea de 1960, invocada por el Gobierno al Decretar el “estado de alarma”). Pero la nueva L. O. de Defensa de 2005 derogó la de 1980 (reformada en 1984), y no previó la sustitución de la Ley de Movilización que, por cierto, durante el primer mandato del Gobierno popular había sido “deslegalizada” (rebajada a rango reglamentario) por la Ley 17/1999, de Régimen del Personal Militar de las FAS.

    Pero es que sin proyectar, tramitar y aprobar una nueva Ley de Movilización/Militarización de los “recursos humanos y materiales y de todas las actividades cualquiera que sea su naturaleza” para “satisfacer las necesidades de la defensa nacional o las planteadas por circunstancias excepcionales” (según se estableció en 1980), el Gobierno socialista propuso al Parlamento, y fue aprobado a través de la Ley 39/2007, de la Carrera Militar, la derogación total de la Ley de Movilización de 1969, creando un vacío legal sobre la materia de movilización y militarización de aquellos recursos, que ahora se ha puesto de manifiesto, pues no hay “ley habilitante” que permita la militarización de los controladores, así como la definición de sus deberes y derechos y el fuero que les resulta aplicable.

    El Gobierno ha invocado el art. 8º.5 del Código Penal Militar que define quienes son “militares” a efectos de aplicación de ese Código, y que son, además de los militares profesionales (sean o no de carrera), los alumnos de las academias militares y los militares de complemento, “los que con cualquier asimilación militar presten servicios al ser movilizados o militarizados por decisión del Gobierno”.

    Así es que se han cometido graves errores en el RD de declaración del “estado de alarma” y militarización de los controladores, que podrían dar lugar a la declaración de nulidad radical por los Tribunales de Justicia, ya que para que dicho personal pudiera ser movilizado o militarizado hacía falta una Ley habilitante, que está totalmente derogada, y, además, para poder aplicar el Código Penal Militar hay que conceder a los militarizados la “asimilación” a un empleo militar (ya sea el de Soldado, Cabo, Sargento, Teniente, etc., según tengan o no la misma categoría o responsabilidades dentro de su organización), de manera que de acuerdo con ese grado de asimilación sepan cuales son los superiores jerárquicos a los que tienen que obedecer, porque así lo exige al art. 8º.5 del CPM. de 1985 y la organización jerarquizada de las FAS.

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  18. Cuál es la fuente de este artículo? o es el mismo blog la fuente?

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  19. Ya lo dijo uno , lo mejor es que le declaremos la guerra a ALemania , ésta nos invade , se queda el pais y nos quita ha ésta mierda de politicos y nos saca de la crisis. Por si las moscas habra que ir practicando aleman..

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  20. Creo que nadie lo podría haber explicado mejor. Ni por supuesto, más claro.

    Me parece increíble que la gente le eche la culpa de todo esto a los controladores. Porque puede que no hayan hecho bien en ponerse en huelga este puente. Pero esté bien o no, algo me dice que si nos lo hubieran hecho a los demás, también nos habríamos negado a trabajar.

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  21. Cristina, mira esto: vas a flipar...

    primera victima de la injusticia:



    Los tics que le salen al gobierno:


    "si al publicar ese decreto el dia antes, sabian que podía pasar esto, es que son unos TARADOS", decian los responsables del conflicto... sorprendidos por la reaccion individual colectiva de los hartados controladores...

    Pues si que lo sabian:


    http://estaticos.elmundo.es/documentos/2010/12/09/portada.pdf

    Rubalcaba admite que sabía que el decreto desataría el conflicto
    «Los controladores la iban a montar y había que cortarlo» porque si no «la mancha de aceite se habría extendido en Navidad por toda España»



    «Estoy corriendo los últimos metros». Ante la avalancha de rumores que lo sitúan como el futuro candidato del PSOE, si Rodríguez Zapatero decide no volver a presentarse, el vicepresidente primero del Gobierno quiso zanjar la cuestión: «Llevo pensando en la salida desde hace algún tiempo». Y añadió sentirse un «poco más libre» por la sensación de «estar corriendo los últimos metros"



    ... hay que estar como una put@ cabra para hacer eso, por algo está mas libre...



    code: lastima que no se auto-despeñe por un puteñetero barranco el muy HP...

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  22. Joder qué bien dicho y explicado!!!

    ¡¡¡OLÉ!!!

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  23. Las fuentes consultadas recuerdan que ya el ex presidente del Tribunal Constitucional (TC) Pedro Cruz Villalón –uno de los principales expertos en la materia– abordó este asunto en su obra «Estados excepcionales y suspensión de garantías». En la misma, se pronunció de forma concluyente sobre la «inviabilidad» de someter a civiles a la jurisdicción militar bajo el Estado de Alarma.



    En la misma línea, Carlos Vidal, profesor de Derecho Constitucional de la UNED, considera que la militarización de los controladores es «radicalmente inconstitucional». Pero Vidal va más allá. «No era necesario decretar el Estado de Alarma ni la militarización, pues la legislación ordinaria dispone de mecanismos suficientes, como la Ley de Navegación Aérea y el Código Penal, para haber metido en vereda a los controladores», añade. Se trató, según él de una simple «puesta en escena» para hacer reflexionar a los huelguistas.



    Vidal abunda en esa tesis y recuerda que, incluso en el caso de que se hubiese decretado el Estado de Sitio (que sí habría habilitado el control castrense del espacio aéreo), correspondería al Congreso, y no al Ejecutivo, determinar «qué delitos quedan bajo la jurisdicción militar».



    Estado de Alarma

    Menos polémica se cierne sobre el decreto que puso en vigor el Estado de Alarma. Las asociaciones de jueces no han puesto pegas jurídicas al Gobierno por adoptar esta iniciativa. El artículo 116 de la Constitución es claro al respecto y faculta al Ejecutivo para recurrir a esta medida mediante un decreto. El Gobierno esgrimió la paralización de servicios públicos esenciales que la huelga salvaje había ocasionado.



    Pero la Ley Orgánica 4/81 reguladora de los Estados de Alarma, Excepción y Sitio establece que, en ese caso, debe concurrir además al menos otro de los requisitos estipulados (catástrofe o calamidad pública de carácter natural, epidemias o crisis sanitaria o desabastecimiento de productos de primera necesidad). El decreto equipara la situación creada por los controladores con una «calamidad pública de enorme magnitud por el muy elevado número de ciudadanos afectados». La norma, sin embargo, se refiere a calamidades provocadas por fenómenos naturales.



    «A mí me gustaría que la normativa amparase supuestos como el que se ha producido –asegura Vidal–, pero con la ley en la mano, no es así».



    Para este experto si algo ha quedado claro con la crisis de los controladores aéreos es que debe reformarse la Ley de Navegación Aérea, para derogar la norma franquista, y la ley orgánica que regula los estados de Alarma, Excepción y Sitio.




    una puesta en escena, exactamente.

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  24. Let's hope that this report could reach all the international media. Wikileaks and other non controlled communication facilities, so that the whole plot, is revealed.
    I could never be as proud as I feel about the courage, the sense of gathering of a group as the ATCs, together in a personal and professional fight.
    We need to take in account the fact that they have -not only- the right to speak, be heard and protest. They also have a right to live. And, moreover, they have a great -not to say the greatest- responsibilities - in there daily work, as for to be in good shape, emotionally, and by being supported by their employers, for taking care of the passengers with which the plains they control are filled with.
    Here by my greatest sympathy and moral support to all of you, no matter what the future brings -hopping it will all stay in incoherent and ignorant threatens- for the Serenity, the courage and the wisdom to take action and do that all together.

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  25. Sobre este último comentario. Es exactamente lo que han hecho con el colectivo de controladores, esto último del sueldo, prohibir la reunión y huelga tambien lo iran haciendo con todo colectivo que no se deje esclavizar directamente, lo haran por decreto. No os quepa ninguna duda. Y lo que es mucho peor la gente no se enfrentara a la violacion de derechos fundamentales y laborales por parte de el gobierno. y no defiendo a ningun gobierno en particular, la corrupcion es absoluta queridos contertulios.

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  26. No sé si lo menciona en esta entrada, no la he leído entera, pero se va diciendo por ahí que el uso del ejército en este caso es ilegal ( sí, también es ilegal por más cosas ) : http://noticiaserb.wordpress.com/2010/12/07/el-imparcial-noticias-advierten-de-que-la-ley-que-permitiria-la-militarizacion-de-controladores-esta-derogada/

    No sé qué piensas al respecto ni si se puede hacer algo, pero es que ya es la repera !!

    Muchísimas gracias por tu tiempo y tus esfuerzos aclarando todo este despropósito.

    Un abrazo y mucha suerte !!!

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  27. Cuanto más conozco de esta situación, más estoy a favor de la reivindicación de los Controladores. Lo que ha hecho el Gobierno ha sido arrastrar a un colectivo al precipicio, forzando conscientemente esta situación a modo de Decretos que derogaban UN CONVENIO LEGALMENTE FIRMADO. ¿Qué será lo próximo? El próximo serás TÚ. Tú, que tanto te quejas del daño que han hecho los controladores. Tú, que tanto te quejas de la hipermegafashion vida de un colectivo que, con dos cojones, se ha ganado su puesto de trabajo y sus remuneraciones. El próximo serás tú, y también estaremos muchos para defenderte, sin crucificarte.
    Ánimo Cristina, gracias por ser así. Yo también estaría orgulloso de que tú controlaras el avión que me llevara a un destino mejor. Por ejemplo, al País de la Concordia y de los Derechos de Verdad.
    Gracias Controladores.

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  28. La gente ni se entera ni quiere enterarse. Todo esto es una cortina de humo para tapar las medidas antisociales y las privatizaciones, en concreto la de Aena, que será la primera de muchas.
    La intervencion del ejercito es inaceptable.
    Por otro lado no difiendo las formas, creo que os habeis equivocado y lo sabéis, hay que luchar por los derechos pero no de forma elitista y dejando a los demás trabajadores y sus reivindicaciones (q no son muy diferentes de las vuestras) a un lado. Vuestro corporativismo os ha explotado en la cara, y espero q de esto aprendan otros colectivos a los que les molas las huelgas "separatistas".

    En definitiva, que cada vez somos más los que nos damos cuenta de que este linchamiento público de unos trabajadores que lo son, cobren mucho o más, es inaceptable. Hay que unirse y luchar, pero hacerlo unidos.

    Un saludo y ánimo, apesar de todo. Y a apechugar con los errores y aciertos, ten en cuenta que las experiencias no siempre son las que uno desea, sino las que necesita para aprender y seguir creciendo. Ánimo otra vez.

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  29. Yo estoy con los controladores de este país. Estamos en una mierda de país (España), y esto va a seguir siendo así mientras gobierne el señor Zapatitos y séquito de inútiles. Estos payasos no saben lo que hacen, y en vez de decirse a si mismo que son socialistas y de izquierdas, son unos sociópatas y dictadores. Estamos en un país lleno de envidiosos donde les jode que otros vivan mejor que ellos, y la única manera de ser felices es joder a aquellas personas que se han currado durante años ese puesto de trabajo y ganan mas que ellos. Esto es increíble....
    Por cierto tu intervención Cristina en Cuatro me ha parecido correcta, y me parece que bueno no has sido muy bien tratada, pero es normal, que podemos esperar de una canal de televisión de izquierdas... En Fin...
    Saludos, y espero que esto se solucione en favor vuestro, claro.
    P.D. Yo no soy controlador aéreo, pero creo que vuestro trabajo es muy importante y de máxima responsabilidad y de mucho estrés, por ello creo que os merecéis toda esas ventajas.

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  30. ...si , si , tu dales ideas , que éstos las cogen todas "al vuelo" ;)

    Saludos

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  31. Thank you for finally explaining what has happened that caused you to take the drastic action that you did. Not even the interview printed in the paper yesterday explained any of these things. In fact the main point I took from that article was that people were spending too much time commenting on what you earn and that this was unimportant. The problem is that what you earn is important, and the press have managed to succesfully use it to your disadvantage.

    I would like to see a comparison of your hours (total and aeronautical) and pay compared to atc's in other countries and see the article above translated into other languages. At least the press from other countries would pick up on the problem instead of just printing the official statements.

    I have found the NATS website in the UK useful (even has some games to see if you have what it takes to even be an atc. Here is the link http://atcocareers.co.uk/pages/air-traffic-controllers/types-of-controllers.html

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  32. Muy explicativo. Esto no va a salir en la prensa nacional. ¿Hacemos una porra?

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  33. Fantastic. Why isn´t this article published in all the newspapers in the United Kingdom and all over the world. The security of the spanish airspace has been compromised, not by the air traffic controllers but by the government and AENA, the government aided company. I´m terrified of flying and as I have been informed of all that is happening since february, I don´t think I want to fly any more in Spain. I think all the tourist from the United Kingdom should be aware of the deplorable working conditions that the controllers are having to support since february.

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  34. Cristina, se te ha visto el plumero, esto lo has hecho para saltarte el examen de inglés, con lo que te costó meter todo el temario en el "aifon" nuevo....

    Un poco de humor para que sonrías y descargues tensión antes de que te tomes en una tarde las pastillitas de colores de todo el mes.

    Fuerza y ánimos para soportar el chaparrón. :)

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  35. Suerte y estais demostrando por que´pasasteis aquellas pruebas tan duras.

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  36. Muy buen artículo Cristina. Se lo iré pasando a mis compañeros de NATS vía Facebook o lo que sea, los que me preguntan en el trabajo que qué es lo que pasa en España, creen la versión buena, no la de los chorizos de la prensa y los políticos.

    Saludos desde UK!

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  37. ¿Podrías por favor poner dónde se ha publicado este artículo? Me parece muy interesante saber la difusión que está teniendo esta situación y cómo se está tratando en los diferentes países.

    Gracias

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  38. Al del bachiller de frances: Jactare de la ignorancia ajena esta muy mal, pero hacerlo de la propia es lamentable.
    Te recomiendo que te pongas las pilas pues toda la gente en España sale como minimo con una carrera y el ingles, con la poca esperanza de creacion de empleo que nos estan dejando en este pais no es bueno quedarse atras en esas cosas.

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