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Air travellers stranded amid Spanish dispute

The Spanish government has declared a state of alert after a strike by air traffic controllers grounded flights, stranding thousands of travellers.

The measure will allow widldcat strikers to be charged with a crime under the military penal code.

It is the first use of the law since it was created after the death of military ruler Gen Francisco Franco in 1975.

About half of the controllers are at their stations but most are refusing to work, in a dispute over working hours.

Sarah Rainsford reports from Madrid.

  • 04 Dec 2010