The Spanish Airline Pilots’ Union (Sepla) challenged in the National High Court the minimum services set by the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda for the easyJet pilots’ strike, deeming them “offensive”, according to the statement. In particular, the ministry has set a minimum service for the strike of Spanish easyJet pilots at 57% for flights based in Palma de Mallorca, 60% for flights to Malaga and 61% for flights to Barcelona and Menorca. In addition, the easyJet pilots’ union has informed the Labor and Social Security Inspectorate of three types of abuse that “may violate the legal right to strike.”
First, he denounced that the company would resort to personnel. abroad for flights from Spain, both protected as not protected by minimum services, and even subcontracted the aircraft. In addition, Sepla indicated that the company would misapply the percentage of flights protected by abusing a disproportionate minimum of the services themselves. “Thirdly, easyJet will schedule meetings with base commanders for those pilots who allegedly had stress during the day a strike that has never happened before and that has a terrifying effect on the group,” the union lamented.
With regard to negotiations with the airline, the positions of the parties remain distant due to the refusal of easyJet to support any type of approach or meeting with representatives pilots, according to Sepla. “This reality contrasts with the strong alliance of the collective, which has received numerous expressions of support for its demands. If an agreement is not reached, the strike will continue next Saturday, August 27, with a new 72-hour strike that will end on Monday, 29,” the trade union organization added.
14 cancellations expected this Friday
The easyJet pilots’ strike in Spain, which began this Friday in the second three-day period with 72-hour layovers, has resulted in the cancellation of 14 flights before 10:00 am, according to Sepla. AT in particular, Palma de Mallorca Airport eight cancellations were registered, and six in Barcelona, and no flights were canceled at the Malaga airfield. These are international flights to or from Geneva, Milan, Paris, London or Basel. As for the delays, Sepla reminded that this is “difficult”. quantify them only on strikeas “other factors also have a big impact, such as the situation at other European airports”, so they did not give a specific figure.
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