EasyJet cabin crew in Spain called for nine-day strike in July

The Spanish union Unión Sindical Obrera (USO) has called a strike for the 450 EasyJet cabin crew members based at Barcelona-El Prat (BCN), Málaga (AGP) and Palma de Mallorca (PMI) airports. As noted, the measure is scheduled for July 1, 2, 3, 15, 16, 17, 29, 30, and 31.

The reason “is none other than the current deadlock in the negotiation of the company’s second collective agreement for crew members,” said Miguel Galán, general secretary of the EasyJet Málaga union. “The company has no interest in negotiating the improvement of working conditions for crew members in Spain, so that we have the same working conditions as those operating in other European bases, such as France and Spain. Germany,” he added.

He also explained that the basic salary for cabin crew in Spain is 950 euros, 850 less than those performing the same function in France and Germany. The figure, he said, does not correspond to the cost of living in the Spanish towns where the employees reside.

Galán added that crew members rely on variable pay to achieve a commensurate level of income in Barcelona, ​​Malaga and Palma de Mallorca. In this sense, he argued that “if you fly long hours, you pay the bills, but at the cost of reduced rest time and longer flights”.

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For the new collective agreement, Unión Sindical Obrera demands an increase in the base salary without reduction in the amounts per hour of flight, the inclusion of the payment of a seniority supplement, the remuneration of the training hours, the limitation of the periods of service to promote rest time and the annual renewal of all elements of the on-board uniform, among other requirements.

The measure is in addition to those announced by other unions in other European countries. The impact of the strikes could be greater than before, mainly due to the strong increase in demand ahead of the summer travel season and the growth in the number of flight operations.

In addition, in recent times, the structures of airlines and airports are sometimes no longer sufficient to maintain services on time and without interruption.

See also: Ryanair in trouble: Italian staff also go on strike

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