easyJet pilots warn of more strikes in Amsterdam

14th June 2016, Comments 0 comments

Amsterdam-based pilots working for easyJet held a brief strike on Tuesday, and vowed further action after the British budget airline brought in outside pilots to ensure no flights were cancelled.

"Instead of doing everything to get out of the impasse, easyJet has worsened the situation by using strike breakers," the Dutch pilots association VNV maintained.

EasyJet had only "poured oil on the fire," it added.

Even though most of the Dutch pilots adhered to the strike call on Tuesday between 0400 GMT and 1200 GMT, the company ensured that all flights scheduled to leave Amsterdam had managed to get away.

The pilots warned that the move had "provoked us in the coming weeks to resort to longer actions which won't be communicated in advance" in order to persuade the management to "sign a new, fair collective accord."

An easyJet spokeswoman told AFP the company was "disappointed by this unnecessary strike", adding in an email it "believes our last offer is a major improvement and that following discussions we have put several changes in place."

Strikes are rare in the Netherlands, which thrives in a culture of consensus, and the VNV said easyJet must "adapt to the Dutch rules of the game" and negotiate.

According to the union, the pilots have to fly longer hours than they are paid for, only receive a fraction of their salaries if they are sick and do not receive a large enough employer's contribution to their pension funds.

© 2016 AFP

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