What are you guys talking about. Spanish ATC is the best in the world!!
Especially in Madrid! E.g.: they manage to give you take-off clearance 2 min after you're airborne! So far I haven't seen any ATC unit capable of doing that!
"Estacion llamando, repite su indicativo" After trying to check in for 5 times.
However their dispute over their contracts has got nothing to do with all of the above in my opinion. Everyone who says they're earning too much blablabla are just jealous. There is a lot more to the story than meets the eye. (public hate campaign fed by the government to unilaterally change conditions of service)
How would you feel if suddenly your company decides to pay you half the money or less and uses miltary force by royal decree to undermine your position?
For me they are 2 separate subjects. I am the last one to defend Spanish ATC, they are the worst ever! But they are workers with civil rights and if the government wants to change their conditions they should use the normal channels available as with any normal worker. But hey.... easy targets!