EasyJet Cabin Staff in Spain to go on Strike in July

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EasyJet cabin staff in Spain will go on strike for nine days in July, during the peak of the summer vacation season.

Unions have called EasyJet cabin crew members stationed in Spain to strike for nine days in July over a pay dispute.

The walkout will compound passenger issues as airlines struggle to meet demand after the Covid limits were lifted. EasyJet has had to cancel thousands of flights this summer due to labor shortages at Gatwick.

Meanwhile, Heathrow Airport is still dealing with the piles of baggage that forced 5,000 flights to be canceled on Monday.

Since February, EasyJet and the Spanish union USO have been negotiating cabin worker salaries, but the talks have come to a “deadlock,” according to the union.

The flight attendants of the low-cost carrier will strike in three phases over the course of the month: July 1 to 3, July 15 to 17, and July 29 to 31.

The planned walkouts will add to the mayhem in an 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 considering strikes. In addition, EasyJet announced Monday that it would cancel flights between July and September, after Gatwick Airport’s announcement that it would limit the number of flights during the high summer period due to staffing shortages.

The Spanish USO union organized the EasyJet strike. It comes only one day after the low-cost carrier revealed that it would slash 11,000 flights from its summer schedule. In addition, the union is seeking a 40 percent increase in the base wage for low-income cabin workers.

The union claims that the basic pay for EasyJet’s Spanish crew is €950 per month (£816), excluding bonuses and supplementary pay.

However, Mr. Galan noted 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.

EasyJet has been approached for comment.

Strikes affecting a single company can be initiated by unions, worker representatives, or 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 growing demand as a result of Covid lockdowns that resulted in job losses.

Hundreds of crew members will refuse to work for three 72-hour periods if a solution cannot be reached before the deadline.

Bases in Barcelona, Málaga, and Palma are most likely to be affected.

On Monday, some 30 planes carrying up to 5,000 people were grounded at Heathrow Airport due to luggage handling concerns. However, the BBC estimates the Heathrow backlog to be in the thousands of suitcases was “clearing up” on Tuesday, according to Heathrow.

According to a spokeswoman, the baggage system has been “up and running” since the weekend, and “bags are being sent to their destinations.”

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Allison Corrigan

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