Pilots union calls off Iberia strike after Madrid intervenes

6th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

12 July 2006, MADRID — The Spanish pilots' union called off a strike on Wednesday which forced Iberia to cancel hundreds of flights and cost the airline up to EUR 5 million a day in lost revenues.

12 July 2006

MADRID — The Spanish pilots' union called off a strike on Wednesday which forced Iberia to cancel hundreds of flights and cost the airline up to EUR 5 million a day in lost revenues.

Sepla, the pilots union, said after talks with government intermediaries, they had decided to stop the strike from 1pm.

Iberia had threatened court action against the union if the strike did not end by Wednesday. 

The Spanish airline said it will ask a court to declare the strike illegal if the two sides cannot reach a deal.

The strike, planned for the whole week, started on Monday, with pilots protesting at Iberia's plans to launch a low-cost airline which they fear will lead to pay and job cuts.

Nearly 500 flights have been cancelled since the strike started, on one of the busiest weeks of the year.

Iberia has said it will give pilots written job guarantees, but a series of meetings has failed to reach a deal.

Flights hit by the strike were mainly those serving destinations within Spain.

Routes between London Heathrow and Madrid and Barcelona were also affected.

Hundreds of thousands of passengers had been affected, but 100,000 of those had been offered places on other flights.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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