MADRID, June 21 (Reuters) - Spain-based cabin crew at
easyJet plan to go on strike for nine days in July to
demand higher pay from the budget airline, local union USO said
on Tuesday, potentially adding to travel woes as the sector
struggles to cope with rebounding demand.
Workers will walk out on July 1-3, 15-17, and 29-31, Miguel
Galan, general secretary of USO's easyJet section, told
reporters on Tuesday.
The airline' flight attendants in Spain are demanding a 40%
increase in their basic salaries, he said.
The basic salary, which excludes bonuses and extra pay,
stands at 950 euros ($1,005) for easyJet's Spanish staff, which
is much lower than in countries such as France and Germany,
"The company underestimated the outlook, was more
pessimistic and conservative and is not ready for the demand
this generates a domino effect on us," Galan said.
Still, the union, which says it represents 80% of the 450
staff based in Spain, still hopes an agreement can be reached to
avoid the strike during a meeting with management on Tuesday,
Pent-up travel demand after two years of restrictions due to
the COVID-19 pandemic is stretching airlines and airport
operators, causing staff shortages and long queues in terminals
all over Europe.
Rising consumer prices and tough working conditions are
pushing staff at many airlines in the region to protest and walk
Cabin staff at easyJet's larger rival Ryanair plan
to go on strike this month and in July in Spain and several
($1 = 0.9452 euros)
(Reporting by Corina Pons, writing by Inti Landauro; editing by
Andrei Khalip and Jason Neely)