easyJet to strike

… to add to airport chaos

easyJet, whose cabin crew are to strike

The Telegraph reports online this afternoon (Tuesday) that British holidaymakers are braced for even more travel chaos this summer after easyJet workers announced a fresh wave of strikes.

Spain-based cabin crew at the budget airline based in Barcelona, Málaga and Palma plan to go on strike for nine days in July to demand higher pay. Workers will walk out on July 1-3, 15-17, and 29-31. Flight attendants in Spain are demanding a 40% increase in their basic salaries. The local USO union said their basic salary, which excludes bonuses and extra pay, stands at €950 euros (£816), which is much lower than in countries such as France and Germany.

The newspaper observes that the move threatens more chaos as airlines and airports struggle to cope with the post-pandemic rebound in travel demand, coming a day after easyJet said it would cut thousands of flights over the peak summer period due to an industry-wide understaffing crisis.

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