In recent weeks, the phrase “summer of discontent” has been thrown around. Indeed, it is likely that there will be several different strikes in various public and private sector industries over the next few months.
Aviation could be one such industry, as it looks like EasyJet workers are set to go on strike in July. This strike will take place in Spain, which has “the lowest base pay” for crew of all other European EasyJet workers, according to the USO union secretary.
These strikes could affect thousands of travelers traveling from the UK to Spain. The Spanish Union USO announced on Tuesday a walkout of the air carrier Easy Jet.
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It came after an announcement on Monday that EasyJet would cut 11,000 of its summer flights. The walkout also comes following a dispute over wages.
The USO says the strike will take place on July 1, 2, 3, 15, 16, 17, 29, 30 and 31. The 450 crew members in El Prat, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca are called upon to take part in these 24-hour stops.
These strikes could affect passengers traveling from UK airports to these destinations. USO General Secretary Miguel Galan said: “Since February we have been negotiating with the company to equalize the working conditions of tcp in Spain with those of other European bases, but this has not been possible.
“That’s why we called for this strike, so that the company presents an offer that recognizes the same working conditions for us. Currently, EasyJet crew members in Spain have a base salary of 950 euros , or 850 euros less than our colleagues in France or Germany.
“And the variable, depends on the flying hours. Our bases are in very expensive cities and with the base salary, we barely cover the rent or the mortgage.
“Spain has the lowest basic crew pay of any EasyJet base in Europe. If you fly long hours you pay the bills, but at the cost of reduced rest time and a greater number of flight hours.”
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