An Air Europa Airbus A330, in the takeoff phase. Jorge Guardia
Air Europa has canceled 14 flights from its scheduled schedule for tomorrow due to a new strike that its pilots will support until June 2, offering affected passengers the possibility of changing the date or destination or obtaining a voucher for the amount of the ticket.
The Spanish Union of Airline Pilots (Sepla) has summoned the Air Europa pilots to eight new days of strike for the days 22, 23, 25, 26, 29 and 30 of May and the 1 and 2 of June, after the four that were carried out at the beginning of this same month and that resulted in 68 canceled flights.
During these eight new days of protest, the canceled flights amount to 114 and affect the national routes that link Madrid with Bilbao, La Coruña, Palma de Mallorca, Vigo or Malaga, and the international ones to Rome (Fiumicino), Milan (Malpensa) , Paris-Orly, Porto or Lisbon, in addition to the one that connects Barcelona and Palma.
In the first five days of the strike, as well as in that of June 1, the airline will stop operating 14 flights in each of them, while on May 30, there will be 18 operations suppressed and, the last (June 2 ), a total of 12. The company offers three alternatives to affected customers: change the date, to fly within 30 days of their original flight and on the same route; reroute to another destination operated by Air Europa within three days before or after the original date of your flight; or save the ticket amount to use as a credit on a future purchase for any airport operated by the airline.
According to Sepla, the call for a strike responds “to the tension and labor conflict generated by the directors of Air Europa, playing with the rights of workers, disguising as proposals what represents a real loss of labor rights acquired in the IV collective agreement”. For the union, “giving in to pressure from the company would have meant worse working and salary conditions in the short and medium term.”
The pilots “feel discriminated against by the company, since it is the only labor group affected by this act of the airline in the different negotiations that it has held for salary reviews.” In fact, while the conflict continues, the negotiation between Air Europa and the unions of its passenger cabin crew (TCP) has come to fruition, when a preliminary agreement was reached on May 18, which includes a salary increase accumulated in three years (2023-2025) of 11.93%, and that will now be submitted to the ratification of the workers.
The Sepla also continues this Monday the indefinite strike at the airline Iberia Regional Air Nostrum in all the bases and work centers, and thus celebrates its twenty-fifth day since its beginning on February 27. The union, which estimates 100% monitoring of the pilots, has challenged before the National Court the “interested and harmful” application of the minimum services of the airline. According to Sepla, these violate the constitutional right to strike, by guaranteeing the company operational figures for flights of 100%, without respecting the percentages set by the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda.
In this regard, the chief delegate of Iberia Regional Air Nostrum, Manuel Moñino, denounced that it is “inconceivable” that the Government allows Iberia Regional Air Nostrum “to hide behind abusive minimum services to avoid reaching a consensus and reasonable solutions with the workers”. For this reason, Moñino announced that, if the abusive criteria of minimum services does not change, the group will be forced to extend the strike days.
In the assembly held on January 30 and 31, the pilots approved the call for this strike with more than 92% of the votes. These stoppages came after the call for eight days of strike in December and January, in which Air Nostrum had to cancel 279 flights. With these stoppages, the union denounces the blockade caused by the company in the negotiation of the new collective agreement, by maintaining an immovable position on fundamental aspects of working conditions and salary demands of the social part.
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