The section of the Spanish Union of Airline Pilots (Sepla) in easyJet starts a strike this Friday in three 72-hour periods that will take place on 12, 13 14, 19, 20, 21, 27, 28 and 29 “faced with the refusal of the company to recover the working conditions that the pilots had before the pandemic, as well as to negotiate the second collective agreement”.
“This is the last resort possible” the pilots say about the strike, in addition to apologizing to the passengers who are “the big losers in this situation”. The unions claim “goodwill” of the Trade Union Section of Sepla during the negotiation of the collective agreement because in the worst months of the pandemic of the coronavirus they agreed to lower salaries for “guarantee not only jobs, but the survival of the company itself in Spain”.
Even so, they point out that “the objective of reducing the working conditions of the pilots has been achieved,” easyJet announced an increase in the number of planes and pilots at its bases in Barcelona and Palma, as well as opening a completely new base in Malaga.
Last July, according to the pilots, concluded the negotiation of the second easyJet collective agreement “when the company refused to respond to any request from the pilot’ representatives” and presented a new proposal that “further cuts working conditions in real terms”.
Sepla spokesmen indicate that “companies are entitled to recover muscle, but not at the expense of workers; if the situation has returned to 2019 levels, it is time to recover the conditions lost by a matter of justice”. With regard to the number of flights, the representatives stress that “it is, at present, very similar to the one that existed in 2019”, but the company “refuses to recover working conditions”.