EasyJet pilots in Spain have just launched a nine-day strike this month over salary and working conditions. The Spanish Union of Airline Pilots (SEPLA) announced three 72-hour strikes from August 12 to 14, 19 to 21, and 27 to 29. Pilot working conditions must be returned to what they were before the COVID-19 outbreak. The union is also requesting that easyJet issue new multi-year contracts to its pilots.
“This is the last possible recourse, as all attempts by the pilots’ representatives to reach an agreement have failed,” SEPLA said.
It went on to say that members announced the strike after more than six months of talks and that circumstances for Spanish pilots have always been worse than in the rest of Europe.
EasyJet said it was “disappointed with this action at this critical time for the industry,” adding that negotiations were ongoing.
Airlines are facing waves of strike action over the peak summer season as passenger numbers return to pre-pandemic levels due to staff shortages. Workers are also demanding better wages and working conditions as a result of the cost-of-living crisis.
The low-cost carrier also stated that it was aware of an impending pilot strike at its bases in Barcelona, Malaga, and Palma de Mallorca.