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1st August 2022 - Spain based pilots plan to strike for 9 days in August
Spain-based pilots at EasyJet will go on strike for nine days in August to demand better working conditions, the SEPLA union said on Friday.
The union is demanding that the budget airline re-establish pilots' working conditions from before the COVID-19 pandemic and provide its pilots with a new multi-year contract deal.
EasyJet said it was aware of an upcoming pilot strike at its bases in Barcelona, Malaga and Palma in Mallorca.
Members of the Spanish USO union are planning three 72-hour walkouts during the peak summer season in a dispute over pay.
If the strikes go ahead, the industrial action would see hundreds of the airline’s staff at its bases in Palma, Barcelona and Malaga take part in the strikes.
The trio of three-day walkouts would take place from 1st July, with one staged every two weeks, Strike action is set to take place on July 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 15th, 16th, 17th, 29th, 30th and 31st
Unions are demanding a 40% increase in cabin crew’s basic salary packet and said it is open to talks with Britain’s biggest budget carrier.
EasyJet state “Should the industrial action go ahead there could be some disruption to our flying programme to and from Malaga, Palma and Barcelona during the strike period but at this stage, easyJet plans to operate its full schedule and we would like to reassure customers that we will do everything possible to minimise any disruption.”
This news follows easyJet’s announcement that it would be cutting hundreds more flights ahead of time this summer, in a bid to reduce on-the-day cancellations.
The budget airline said it was “consolidating a number of flights across affected airports” including Gatwick following the airport’s announcement last week that it was reducing the number of daily flights during July and August to cope with staff shortages.