Spanish pilots’ union Sepla is calling for better pay for workers, but easyJet has rejected three of their proposals
The strikes were announced by the Spanish pilots’ union Sepla and will affect three airports in the country.
Pilots working for the airline in Spain will go on strike for three days over demands for better pay.
Sepla says it has been trying to reach an agreement with easyJet for more than six months but the company has rejected three of its proposals.
When do the strikes take place?
The strikes will take place in three different three-day periods this month, for a total of nine days of industrial action.
The first strike will take place from today (12 August) and will last until Sunday (14 August).
Workers will then strike again on August 19-21, followed by a third strike on August 27-29 if negotiations are unsuccessful.
Which airports are affected?
All three strikes are limited to Spain but are expected to affect holidaymakers flying in and out of the country on those dates.
Flight disruptions are expected at Barcelona, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca airports.
An easyJet spokesman said in a statement: “easyJet was officially notified by its Spain-based pilots union, Sepla, of strikes at its Spanish bases between 12-14, 19-21 and 27-29 August.
“We advise customers traveling to and from Barcelona, Malaga and Palma to check the status of their flights on our flight tracker page or manage their bookings through our disruption portal on our mobile app or website.
“Although this is out of our control, we would like to apologize to all our customers for the inconvenience caused and assure them that we are doing everything we can to minimize disruption as a result of the strike action.”
The UK Foreign Office is advising travelers heading to Spain in August to check with their airline for updates before they travel, as the strikes could disrupt flights in and out of the country.
A Sepla union representative apologized to the passengers, who they said were bearing the brunt of the industrial action.
The representative said: “During the worst months of the pandemic, we agreed to reduce our salaries to guarantee not only jobs but also the survival of the company itself in Spain.
“However, having achieved the objective of reducing pilots’ working conditions, easyJet announced that it would increase the number of aircraft and pilots at its bases in Barcelona and Palma, and opened an entirely new base in Malaga.
“We’re not asking for anything we didn’t have two years ago.
“Companies have the right to reclaim their powers, but not at the expense of workers. When the situation returns to 2019 levels, it will be time to restore lost conditions for the sake of justice.”
The strikes will take place every week from Monday to Thursday until January 7th and will affect ten airports in Spain, including Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga, Alicante, Seville, Palma, Valencia, Girona, Santiago de Compostela and Ibiza.