Easyjet has already had to cancel thousands of flights in recent weeks due to staff shortages in Gatwick, affecting millions of British tourists. A Spanish union called the USO has now called on the company’s Spanish flight attendants to strike for nine days in July over the previously disputed pay rises, BBC.
The USO has been in talks with Easyjet since July to hire cabin crew, but the union has now said it has been “stalemate”. For this reason, it has been announcing 24-hour strikes throughout July, which will greatly affect both Spanish and British tourists.
Trade unionists working at El Prat, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca airports July 1-3, 15-17. and 29-31. they are on strike, the union said.
Miguel Galan, trade union secretary at EasyJet Malaga, said
flight attendants want a 40 percent increase in base salary.
He added that Spanish cabin crew pay less than their French or German counterparts. According to the union, EasyJet’s Spanish staff will receive a basic monthly salary of € 950 (HUF 374,834), which does not include bonuses or bonuses.
The USO, which claims to represent 80 percent of EasyJet’s 450 employees in Spain, continues to hope to reach an agreement with management on Tuesday to avoid strikes, Miguel Galan said.
The life of British holidaymakers is being made very bitter by airport turmoil these days. On Monday, EasyJet said it would cancel flights between July and September as flights at Gatwick Airport were reduced during the summer peak due to staff shortages. Also on Monday, some 30 flights at Heathrow Airport, involving up to 5,000 passengers, were canceled due to baggage handling problems.