THE cabin crew of easyJet based in Portugal yesterday began a five day strikeuntil Tuesday therefore, to claim wage increases.
The employees of the British low cost in Portugal, who had already mobilized in April and last May, consider themselves discriminated against compared to their colleagues in Europe. The salary of a crew member,after three years of increases“wages, rest”90% lower than that of a French colleague“Explained the National Union of Civil Aviation Staff (SNPVAC) in a press release. “We want salaries to accompany the growth and consolidation of the brand in Portugaladded Ricardo Penarroias, president of the union.
EasyJet has decided to cancel some 350 flights departing from and arriving at Portuguese airports during this period. The Ministry of Labor and that of Infrastructure, which oversees transport in Portugal, have established a minimum service allowing in particular to maintain easyJet flights between the peninsula and the Portuguese islands of the Azores and Madeira, as well as to European capitals such as London or Paris.
The low-cost British airline has grown strongly in Portugal in recent years, in particular after recovering 18 take-off and landing slots from the public company TAP Air Portugal, which is subject to a restructuring plan. Easyjet, which offers nearly 90 air connections from Portuguese airports, has increased its capacity by 36% in view of reaching record traffic in 2023.