News articles from the Canary Islands of Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura
The Technical Department of the Ayuntamiento of Santiago del Teide is currently preparing plans for the remodelling of the Playa de Los Guios in Los Gigantes. This small but well used beach, next to the marina, often suffers landslides which of course pose a danger to those on the beach. For this reason, the Ayuntamiento has decided to present the remodelling project to the Canarian Government´s Department of Tourism in the hope that a subsidy may be obtained. The plan is to cover the insecure rock areas with cement, as has already been done by a nearby restaurant. During a recent visit to the area, the Councillor for Tourism assured the Alcalde that he would support any application for a subsidy for this project.
Following a threat made by airport handling companies Iberia and Binter to strike over the Easter period, the Canarian Works Commission issued an ultimatum – that the two companies get together and discuss their problems. The Commission requires that there is one month of dialogue between Binter and Iberia, who are responsible for managing ramps and baggage movements, in a manner where the 700 employees are guaranteed their positions and working conditions. Without this, it was thought that there may have been movilisations seriously affecting Canarian airports during Easter. The conflict began at the end of last July, when the contract between the two companies terminated. Iberia employs 400 full-time and 300 temporary staff. To renew the contract, Iberia wanted an increased financial benefit which Binter considers too expensive. Staff representatives met this week at Los Rodeos to analyse the situation, and eventually agreed to postpone the strike until 19th April.
National Police officers based in the south of Tenerife have recently detained two women, one aged 29 and the other 17, who are thought to be responsible for a series of robberies. They were arrested after officers went to a shopping centre following a reported robbery. They searched the local area and found a BMW car which contained a stolen computer and monitor, a vending machine, various cash registers, foods, bottles of drink and two knives. The items had been stolen from a bar, a farmacy and a supermarket. The two arrested women are thought to be part of a band of four – the other two are men who have been identified. Their arrests are imminent.