December 4, 2010 / 7:58 AM / in 9 years

Spain threatens 'state of alert' over walk-out

MADRID, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Spain’s government said on Saturday it considered declaring a “state of alert” if air traffic controllers did not return to their posts following a mass walk-out.

“If the situation doesn’t normalise, the government will declare a state of alert,” Deputy Prime Minister Alfredo Rubalcaba told an emergency cabinet meeting.

“The controllers will be mobilised and if they don’t get back to work, their cases will be passed immediately to the judiciary and they will be accused of a crime which could mean a prison sentence.”

The Spanish army took over air control towers on Friday after unofficial strike action by controllers grounded planes and disrupted travel for around 250,000 people on one of Spain’s busiest holiday weekends. [ID:nLDE6B21VE] (Reporting by Paul Day; Editing by Maria Golovnina)

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