Monday, December 06, 2010

Spain needs their own Ronald Reagan

Spain is facing a devastating air controllers strike that has paralyzed all air traffic over the country. Despite being extremely well paid, earning up to a million euros annually, the controllers are upset over plans to privatize the Spanish state's airports. And the result has been chaos for anyone trying to travel over that part of Europe.
Hundreds of thousands of passengers were left stranded by the walkout, which came during one of Spain's busiest weekends for travel.
The government is talking tough about prosecuting the striking workers for breaking the law and the military is taking over Spain's air space, but there aren't enough military air traffic controllers to do the job. I well remember all the predictions of calamities when Reagan fired the striking air traffic controllers, but no such disasters developed. May Spain's government show similar backbone. Unless European governments can stand tough against such labor extortions, they will never be able to address their deep-seated economic problems.