EasyJet, Iberia Express and Ryanair, on strike

EasyJet, Iberia Express and Ryanair, on strike

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The new EasyJet pilot strike day has caused at least 14 cancellations this Friday

USO, the majority union among Iberia Express cabin crew, maintains the planned strikes between August 28 and September 6

The strike at Ryanair left 310 delays this Thursday, but no cancellations

The new day of EasyJet pilots’ strike This Friday has caused the cancellation, until this noon, of 6 flights at El Prat-Barcelona airport, as well as another eight at Palma de Mallorca.

As reported this Friday by the Sepla pilots’ union, the canceled flights had Geneva, Milan, Paris, London or Basel as their origin or destination.

The 14 cancellations this Friday are added to the 36 registered in the first period strikes initiated by the pilots, which lasted from August 12 to 14.

Martijn Tros, SEPLA union spokesperson for EASYJET company

They demand salary improvements

EasyJet pilots claim recover wages from before the pandemiconce the company already operates with flight occupancy levels similar to pre-pandemic.

In addition, they protest because, after six months of negotiating the second collective agreement, the company has rejected the three proposals for the recovery of working conditions. They haven’t had any contact for two weeks now.

The commander and spokesman for Sepla at EasyJet, Martijn Tros, has lamented in statements to journalists the lack of agreements with the airline’s management. He has urged the company to react to avoid further stoppages.

Complaint before the National High Court

Tros has explained that they have denounced before the National High Court the improper use that, in his opinion, the company has made of the minimum services, which makes it difficult to exercise the right to strike.

According to the trade unionist, the minimum services have been 61% at the Barcelona base, 60% at the Malaga base and 57% at the Palma de Mallorca base.

In addition, the union has taken other airline decisions to the Labor Inspectorate, such as episodes of alleged “intimidation and pressure” on pilots from Barcelona, ​​Palma and Malaga and the use of foreign personnel to command the ships from the Spanish bases.

“We are not asking for a salary increase, but to return to what we had before the covid and a supplement for pilots on seasonal bases, who when winter comes are left without unemployment,” he said.

After the first period of strikes, new stoppages are scheduled from today until next Sunday; and from Saturday 27 to Monday 29 August.

USO maintains the TCP strike at Iberia Express after failing mediation

USO, the majority union among Iberia Express cabin crew, maintains the planned strikes between August 28 and September 6. As reported by both parties, the mediation held this Monday between the union and the company has failed.

The company – a subsidiary of Iberia – has indicated that “USO has been increasing its demands” impossible to meet “because they are disproportionate.” They explain that the sum of all of them would mean an increase in salary cost above 26%, “unaffordable at the moment”.

For its part, the union explains that its latest proposal to the company has focused on negotiating the salary part so that in case of agreement they can call off the strike. However, the company has rejected this proposal “because it had no intention of bringing positions closer together.”

Disagreement

Iberia Express highlights that the stoppages have not been supported by the other union section of the TCP collective (CCOO) and that the call occurs at a time when the meetings between the airline and the unions to close the second collective agreement “had increased”.

After this disagreement, both parties will now try to agree on the minimum services. In the event that there is no consensus on this matter either, it will be the Ministry of Transport that determines them.

On August 17, USO summoned the TCP of the company’s Madrid base to a ten-day strike, between August 28 and September 6, to which more than 500 workers are called to demand the negotiation of the second collective agreement.

They ask that the lost purchasing power be recovered, since this group has been with frozen wages for seven years, according to USO figures, which also demands improvements in transport bonuses and seniority.

CCOO distanced itself from this call and signed an agreement with the company while the agreement is being negotiated by which Iberia Express would pay all crew members an advance payment on account of the agreement of 1,350 euros for surcharges and 950 euros for TCP.

The strike at Ryanair left 310 delays this Thursday, but no cancellations

The last of the four days of strike to which the Ryanair cabin crew (TCP) in Spain are called this week by the USO and Sitcpla unions has caused 310 delays this Thursday and, for the second consecutive day, no flight canceled .

As reported by USO with data up to 7:00 p.m., the delays have affected Palma de Mallorca to a greater extent, with 86 delayed departure or arrival flights; followed by Barcelona, ​​with 55 delayed flights; Madrid, with 44 delays; and Malaga, which has registered 34.

At Alicante airport there have been 23 delays, followed by Ibiza, with 19; Valencia, with 15; Girona, with 14 delays; Seville, with 11; and Santiago de Compostela, which accumulates 9 delays.

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