Monday, February 6, 2023

Pilots of Panamanian airline Copa announce strike

PANAMA ( Associated Press) — Pilots at Panamanian airline Copa called on Friday a strike starting Feb. 2 after negotiations with the company failed to reach a consensus on demands for pay and labor reform. The talks started last October.

The Panamanian Union of Commercial Aviators (UNPAC), which brings together 1,200 COPA pilots, said they would continue talks in the coming days before the strike expires, depending on “the company’s desire and proposal”. whether they skip the pressure measurement or not.

As of now, there is no statement from the airline on the strike announced by its pilots.

In a press conference, the aviators said that the company has not presented a proposal for formal talks, which they view with great concern. “There is a deadlock at the negotiating table,” said the union’s secretary-general, Captain Luis Alcala.

Alcala stressed that during the pandemic the pilots made sacrifices to support the airline “making significant profits during the economic recovery process” of the aviation industry.

Captain Carolina Sanchez, a member of the UNPAC negotiating commission, said pending demands to be signed include wage reform and seniority and loyalty of employees, as well as better working conditions and better pay for pregnant pilots. for the purpose of identification. ,

COPA is one of the main Latin American airlines and leads the air transport sector in the country, which together with logistics are among Panama’s main sources of resources.

The union’s economic advisor, economist Maribel Gordon, said the pilots’ claims are justified and explained that parameters such as Panama’s loss of purchasing power, which is about 10 due to the increase in prices, are negotiated. % and inflation is estimated at 3%.

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