Iberia pilots cause mass cancellations

Victoria
By Victoria April 10, 2012 12:58

Iberia pilots cause mass cancellations

International Airlines Group’s Iberia pilots went on strike yesterday, grounding 150 flights in the first of 30 one-day strikes to protest against the start-up of low-cost carrier Iberia Express which is effectively designed to keep them all in a job in the long run…..
Last week, Iberia petitioned a court to ban strikes by pilots and cabin crew planned over the next few months and to seek compensation for 12 days of strikes held between December and March.
The strikes were briefly called off in March and pilots went into talks with the company, but negotiations broke down.
Iberia estimates the strikes will cause damages of €3 million per day although the hit to traffic yesterday, Easter Monday, is likely to be in excess of this figure.
SEPLA said it was willing to sit down with the company to negotiate a solution to the conflict, based on a proposal it has made to save about 90 million euros a year through measures such as lowering salaries for new hires.
The airline’s Web page showed more than 150 flights were cancelled on Monday, including destinations within Spain, around Europe, and to Latin America. Pilots, who plan to strike every Monday and Friday until July, say Iberia’s new low-cost service contravenes deals struck when Iberia and British Airways merged to form International Consolidated Airlines Group. They say the joint company is beefing up British Airways operations at the expense of the Spanish partner and the endgame is for BA to run more operations out of Madrid airport at Iberia’s expense.
SEPLA says 8,000 jobs will be lost as Iberia moves a few dozen airplanes to the low-cost subsidiary from its full-service airline.

Victoria
By Victoria April 10, 2012 12:58
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