EasyJet's cabin crew in Spain are planning a nine-day strike
EasyJet employees affiliated with the Spanish trade union USO (Unión Sindical Obrera) will go on strike for nine days (July 1, 2, 3, 15, 16, 17, 29, 30 and 31). The 450 flight attendants stationed at Barcelona, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca will protest against the delay in the negotiation of the second collective bargaining agreement.
"Easyjet does not want to improve the working conditions of crew members in Spain, but would like to have the same working conditions as their colleagues, for example, in France or Germany. "Said the union secretary Miguel Galán.
Through these actions, the union hopes that easyJet will present a new employment contract to the cabin crew. "recognizing the same working conditions”Like their colleagues in other countries. USO hopes that an agreement with easyJet can be reached quickly by issuing the strike notice.
"At present, easyJet cabin crew members in Spain have a basic salary of 950 euros, which is 850 euros less than their colleagues in France or Germany. The variable salary depends on our flight hours. Our bases are very expensive cities and with the basic salary we barely cover the rent or mortgage"
"Spain has the lowest base salary for its crew of all easyJet bases in Europe. If you fly for many hours, you pay the bills, but at the cost of reducing your rest timeGalán emphasized.
easyJet responded quickly to the strike announcement: "We are very disappointed with this decision taken at such a critical time for the industry, especially since we have already made considerable progress towards a new collective agreement. We hope that instead of going in this direction, they will return to negotiations with easyJet. We want to continue the constructive dialogue with them"The airline explained in a statement.