EasyJet cabin crew to strike again on date yet to be set

  • Lusa
  • 27 April 2023

Although a new meeting has been scheduled for 3 May, the SNPVAC states that it "has decided to present a new strike notice, with a date to be set."

Portugal’s National Union of Civil Aviation Flight Personnel (SNPVAC) is to submit a new strike notice covering cabin crew staff at easyJet’s operations in the country, with the date yet to be set, according to an internal trade union statement to which Lusa had access on Thursday.

“After the strike that took place on 1, 2 and 3 April, where, undoubtedly, crew members demonstrated their dissatisfaction to the company, there was the expectation that easyJet would understand the difficulties experienced by its workers and the social emergency experienced, especially at the Faro base,” reads the statement sent to union members, following last Wednesday’s round of negotiations with the company’s management.

The statement stresses that “between the end of the strike and today [Wednesday], the SNPVAC has given various opportunities for rapprochement between the two positions, which by nature are antagonistic, but should be aimed at the same objective: social peace, dignified working conditions, the growth of the company and its crews.”

However, it goes on, “unfortunately, this has not been possible [and] easyJet continues to consider crew members at Portuguese bases as minor workers, perpetuating [their] precariousness and discrimination in relation to colleagues from other countries.”

More than five months after the start of negotiations of a new Company Agreement, the union accuses easyJet of “manipulation in the proposals presented, with only a reallocation of amounts. There’s no real will to make progress in these negotiations.”

Given this, although a new meeting has been scheduled for 3 May, the SNPVAC states that it “has decided to present a new strike notice, with a date to be set.”

In order to “better explain the process and the reasons that led to this decision,” the union is to hold meetings with easyJet members at the company’s three bases in Portugal: in Faro on 2 May (at 11 a.m.), in Porto on 4 May (at 4.30 p.m.) and 5 May (at 11 a.m.), and in Lisbon on 12 May (at 11 a.m. and 2.30 p.m.).

“This step is not taken lightly,” the union remarks. “We have reason on our side and the full conviction that our claim is just. We anticipate a very hot summer, as the company continues to disregard crew members.”

The easyJet cabin crew strike on 1, 2 and 3 April resulted in the cancellation of 220 flights, an SNPVAC official said at the time.

According to that source, the airline had 276 flights scheduled, and 52 flights were stipulated as mandatory minimum services.

“Thus, 220 flights were cancelled over these three days, and only four flights were operated,” the union official said. “These four flights were carried out by easyJet managers who have a licence to fly.”

According to the SNPVAC, “excluding these four flights, where the flight crew are easyJet managers with a licence to fly, the strike had a 100% adherence.”