The USO union has called the cabin crew (TCP) of the Madrid base of Iberia Express to a ten-day strike that will begin on August 28 and will last until September 6 to unblock the negotiation of the second collective agreement of these workers. The strike of the low-cost subsidiary of Iberia, to which 517 workers are called, adds to the strikes that Ryanair cabin crew and EasyJet pilots are carrying out throughout the month of August.
In this case, USO claims an annual salary review according to the CPI during the term of the agreement to adjust salaries to the increase in prices, since the crew members have had their salaries frozen for seven years. In addition, the consolidation of the salary increase of 6.5% corresponding to 2021 for all levels is demanded; the creation of two salary levels with an 11% and a 4% increase, as well as a bonus of 24 months seniority to all the workers of the group and the homogenization of the transport bonus and the on-board sales commission in all categories of TCP.
The company has maintained since December 2021, when the negotiations began, “no interest in improving the working conditions of the group, opposing any union proposal and offering alternatives far from reality,” the union said in a statement on Wednesday.
USO-Sector Aéreo assured that it was willing to negotiate with the company’s management “without neglecting that it is time to compensate for the effort made by all Iberia Express crew members to sustain the company during the pandemic.”
Meanwhile, this Wednesday there is a new day of strike by the Ryanair crew called by USO and Sitcpla, although the incidence is lower than on other days, since there is no cancellation and only 36 delays until 12 noon . On Monday, the 15th, 6 flights were canceled and there were 244 delays and on Tuesday, the 16th, 2 flights were suspended and there were 277 delays, according to USO data.
Despite the fact that 20 days of unemployment have already accumulated since the start of the conflict at the end of June, the positions between the company and the convening unions are more at odds than ever. Darrell Hughes, director of Human Resources, has stated, in statements to several media outlets, that they will not sit down to negotiate with USO and Sitcpla as they consider their demands unfeasible, with the request for a 167% increase in land. An extreme that the unions deny that they claim to demand increases of only 8%.
Hugues considers that the two convening unions are not representative of the CC OO, with which an agreement has already been reached to improve working conditions (applicable only to its members), and denies that the strikes are in any way affecting the airline’s operations, blaming the cancellations and delays on air traffic control problems in Europe. For this reason, the manager indicates that he is not concerned that the strikes will extend even beyond January 7, the end date of the current call, and defended that the vacancies of the TCP who go on strike with crew members from foreign bases be filled. , even British, due to the need to cover the minimum services.
For their part, the EasyJet pilots will go on strike again this weekend (August 19, 20 and 21) called by the Sepla union in the face of the company’s refusal to recover the salary conditions prior to the pandemic and to negotiate the second collective agreement.