Pilots and flight attendants who work for the main airlines in the country approved the outbreak of a national strike, starting next Monday (19). The decision to cross arms was taken in the general assembly of the category this Thursday (15), according to the National Union of Aeronauts (SNA).
The stoppage, which will last indefinitely, will always take place from 6 am to 8 am, at the airports of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Campinas, Porto Alegre, Brasília, Belo Horizonte and Fortaleza, the largest in the country. The measure should generate a ripple effect of delays and possible cancellations of flights.
The reason for the strike, according to the category, is the “frustration of negotiations for the renewal of the Collective Bargaining Agreement”. The agreement is still under discussion between the unions of workers in the sector and airline companies. The strike will not affect flights with organs for transplantation, vaccines or patients in medical care, assured the SNA.
The aeronauts claim recovery of inflationary losses, in addition to a real gain in wages and benefits. The category union argues that the high prices of airline tickets have generated increasing profits for companies. From January to October this year, for example, the average price of tickets rose 35%, according to data from the Extended National Consumer Price Index (IPCA). Professionals in the airline industry also claim improvements in working conditions for the renewal of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, such as defining the start times for breaks and prohibiting changes to them, in addition to complying with existing limits on time on the ground between stages of flights.
“It is important to highlight that the companies themselves point out in their reports to the market, as well as in news published in the press, that the airline sector has been recovering rapidly, with profits greater than those of the pre-pandemic period. for airline tickets has increased and the prices imposed on passengers have risen dramatically. However, companies remain intransigent, refusing to grant a more dignified remuneration to the crew, in addition to proposing that pilots and flight attendants work more hours. Brazil rely on the understanding of society and the common sense of the airlines to avoid disruptions,” the union said in a statement.
THE Brazil Agency sought the three largest airlines in the country (Latam, Gol and Azul) and the information is that the sector’s positioning will be issued exclusively by the National Union of Airline Companies (SNEA). When contacted, SNEA did not return to the report until the closing of the article.