EasyJet crew threaten nine day strike and demand 40% pay rise

Cabin crew working for easyJet based in Spain are planning to walkout for nine days next month which could ruin the holiday plans of thousands of Brits.

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Staff are threatening to walkout on three separate periods during the month – between July 1-3, July 15-17 and July 29-31 – in the row over pay. 

The airline’s flight attendants in Spain are demanding a 40 per cent increase to their basic salaries. Although the dispute involves crew flying out of the holiday hotspot, they often operate flights to the UK.

Union spokesperson Miguel Galan said: “The company underestimated the outlook, was more pessimistic and conservative and is not ready for the demand.” However, he insisted the union hoped an agreement could be reached to avoid the walkout.

The latest announcement follows the news that easyJet revealed plans to cut more UK flights over the busy summer period. Up to 10,000 of 160,000 flights on sale for July, August and September may no longer go ahead because of the continued disruption in the travel industry.

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