Flights to and from two Spanish airports are set to be disrupted this Saturday when ground staff for Easyjet take strike action over pay and working conditions.
Easyjet staff at Alicante and Palma airports will walk out for the first time this Saturday in a series of three planned industrial actions against the low-cost carrier over a dispute in money, working hours, rest periods and holiday allowance.
On Saturdays there are 11 flights to and from Newcastle to both destinations and the strikes could end up affecting 33 flights and 6,600 passengers over the three days which are 15th August, 22nd August and the 29th August.
Talks between the ground staff’s union Comisiones Obreras and Easyjet have been going on for more than 18 months now, but they are no nearer to reaching a deal.
“The company has been notified of a call for industrial action by its ground handling agents in several Spanish airports. Check-in agents as well as Easyjet pilots and cabin crew members are not involved in this possible industrial action. Easyjet is working hard to minimise the impact any action may have on its customers,” said communication manager for Easyjet, Andrew McConnel.
The planned strike at Palma Airport on Majorca could heap more misery on tourism after a spate of bomb attacks on the island which has killed two Civil Guard officers.
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