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EasyJet cabin staff in Spain have voted to go on strike for nine days in July. The strike is expected to commence and end during the peak period of the summer holiday season. Unions have urged EasyJet cabin crew members in Spain to go on strike for nine days in July over a pay issue.
Airlines struggle to meet demand following the relaxation of Covid restrictions, so the walkout will increase passenger concerns. EasyJet has already canceled thousands of flights this summer due to labor shortages at Gatwick.
Meanwhile, Heathrow Airport is still dealing with the piles of luggage that forced 5,000 flights to be canceled on Monday.
Since February, EasyJet and the Spanish union USO have been in talks about cabin worker compensation, but according to the union, the talks have come to a “deadlock.”
The flight attendants of the low-cost carrier will strike in three stages over the course of the month: July 1 to 3, July 15 to 17, and July 29 to 31.
The planned walkouts will exacerbate the already chaotic holiday season.
Gatwick Airport slashed a large portion of its schedule at the end of last week, and Ryanair employees in five European nations are threatening to strike. In addition, EasyJet announced on Monday that it would cancel flights between July and September after Gatwick Airport indicated that it would limit the number of flights during the peak summer season owing to staffing shortages.
The Spanish USO union is behind the easyJet walkout. It comes only one day after the low-cost carrier announced plans to slash 11,000 flights from its summer schedule. In addition, the union wants a 40 percent increase in the base wage for low-income cabin workers.
According to the union, the minimum monthly wage for EasyJet’s Spanish crew is €950 (£816), excluding bonuses and supplementary pay.
Mr. Galan added that during a meeting with management on Tuesday, the union, which claims to represent 80 percent of the 450 EasyJet employees in Spain, is hopeful that an agreement can be reached to avoid the strikes.
Strikes affecting a single company can be initiated by unions, worker representatives, or even the employees themselves, according to the European Trade Union Institute.
UK holidaymakers have experienced flight delays in recent months as airlines and airports struggle to cope with increased demand due to Covid lockdowns that resulted in job losses.
Hundreds of workers will refuse to work for three 72-hour periods if a settlement cannot be reached before the deadline.
Bases in Barcelona, Málaga, and Palma will most likely be affected.
On Monday, some 30 planes carrying up to 5,000 people were grounded at Heathrow Airport due to baggage-handling problems. However, the BBC estimates the backlog to be in the thousands of suitcases was “clearing up,” Heathrow said on Tuesday.
Since the weekend, the luggage system has been “back up and running,” and “bags are being sent to their destinations,” according to a spokeswoman.