The Air Nostrum pilots’ strike called for this Christmas by the Sepla union has started this Thursday with a minimum service of 79%, a 98% follow up and the forecast of 78 flights cancelled between today and tomorrow, and it is developing without incident.
By midday twelve flights had been cancelled and affected customers have been able to opt for reimbursement of tickets or relocation on alternative flights.
In the first hours there have been no incidents at the airports of Valencia, Madrid and Mallorca, according to the parties.
Sepla has put the strike’s follow up at 98%, according to EFE, the union, which brings together more than 70% of the pilots affected by the conflict.
The union assures that it will comply with the minimum services in full despite the fact that it considers them to be disproportionate.
The strike is called because of “the blockage” in the negotiation of the collective agreement on aspects of working conditions and wages, according to Sepla, a strike that the company’s management considers “totally unjustified” and “especially disproportionate”.
The pilots are asking for a wage review for the years of validity of the agreement, from 2022 to 2024, consisting of an update to the real CPI for 2022 and the forecast for 2023 and 2024, while the company recalled on Wednesday that in the negotiation process with the pilots already offered a wage increase for the next three years of 10% to the commanders and 13% to the second pilots, and stressed that “this increase could be even higher depending on the results by objectives that are also being negotiated”.
“The proposal is above the average increase of the agreements in Spain and what other companies in the sector with better results are closing with their pilots,” Air Nostrum said.
The company will publish this Friday the flights cancelled for next week’s stoppages, which will take place on 26, 27, 29 and 30 December. Two new days of strike action have also been called for 2 and 3 January.