Spain - To strike is not a crime - February 29, 2016

Nearly 6 years after the Airbus general strike of 2010, the 'Airbus 8' workers and trade union members of CCOO and UGT were finally acquitted on 17 February 2016. Eight trade unionists were charged and persecuted up to a surrealistic eight years and three months in prison for participating in strike actions on 29th September 2010. Getafe's criminal court recognised the lack of evidence against the trade unionists’ charges. None of the ‘Airbus 8’ will be sentenced for the picket action. Nevertheless, Article 315.3 of the Penal Code still needs to be repealed, as backed by social partners and progressive political voices.

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