The Spanish Airline Pilots Association (SEPLA) announced the call for a continuing strike action at Air Nostrum last 27th February 2023 at all bases and work centers in Spain. Strike action will occur every Monday and Friday until further notice.
The reasons behind this action are as follows:
1. The blockage caused by the Company in the negotiation of the new collective labour agreement (the sixth), by maintaining an unreasonable and immovable position on fundamental aspects of working conditions and wage demands of pilots.
2. On 30 November 2022, the Company presented a revised wage proposal that reneged on the offer of 21 November 2022 (3% raise), whereas pilots have demanded a Consumer Price Index (CPI) wage increase.
3. Between 21 December 2022 and the 17th Jan 2023 the Company did not convene a meeting to negotiate an agreement. On the 17th and 18th January 2023, the Company presented the same proposal that led the pilots to go on strike for 6 days in December 2022 and 2 days in January 2023; refusing to move from their original position.
4. The Company fails to negotiate in good faith as evidenced by their inability to present any alternative to advance negotiations and rejecting any proposal from the company council even with regard to the work regime.
5. The Company maintains that it will not budge from the 3% wage revision offered respectively for the years 2023 to 2025, which fails to compensate pilots for the cost-of-living increase suffered by workers in 2022.
6. In addition, management refuses to address issues that seriously affect the working conditions of pilots, such as maximum working hours and roster changes.
The union regrets having to take these measures, however, it is the only way to defend a fair professional future for pilots, who cannot afford to give up the labour rights set out in the 5th Collective Bargaining Agreement or suffer the loss of purchasing power.
SEPLA requests the Mutual Assistance as outlined below, as per the IFALPA Industrial Manual, and further requests letters of support for SEPLA pilots to be sent to the attention of the SEPLA President, Cpt. Óscar Sanguino ([email protected]), SEPLA International & IFALPA Director, Ms. Nerea Cañas ([email protected]), SEPLA Communications Director, Cpt. Daniel Escohotado ([email protected]) and CC [email protected] [email protected].
• Request for Ban on Wet Leasing (2.4.1)
• Request for a Freeze on Capacity (18.104.22.168)
• Request for Recruitment Ban (2.4.3)
• Request for Denial of Training Facilities (2.4.4)
• Request for Assistance to Pilots Stranded Away from their Home Base (2.4.5)
• Request for Prohibition of Pilot Contracting (2.4.6)
• Request for Submissions and Representations (2.4.7)
SEPLA will keep IFALPA and its Member Associations informed of any further developments.