Whether you’re commuting or going on holiday, it seems you can’t move for the number of strikes this summer. The latest walkouts to blight the travel industry has just been announced – by easyJet’s cabin crew in Spain. It means nine days of disruption in some of the most popular destinations for British holidaymakers. Not to mention that it’s on top of the already chaotic mess that’s UK air travel, with everything from airport queues to last minute cancellations ruining holidays.
So what can you expect from the latest rounds of strikes? And is there anything you can do about it? Here’s what you need to know.
Main photo: an easyJet flight disembarks at London Luton Airport (Getty Images)
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When are easyJet strikes?
EasyJet’s cabin crew in Spain have announced three 72-hour walkouts, which will all take place in July. The first of these will be between July 1 and 3, followed by 15 to 17 and finally 29 to 31.
The strikes will involve 450 members of staff who are based in El Prat (Barcelona), Malaga and Palma de Mallorca, all represented by the Spanish union USO.
Which easyJet flights are canceled?
It’s not clear yet.
This latest round of strikes is over pay. USO says that its members in Spain typically have a base salary of just € 950 a month, which is € 850 less than what the airline’s cabin crew in France and Germany get paid. The union says that while it’s tried to negotiate with easyJet since February this year, a solution has not been possible, which is why they’ve decided to strike.
easyJet on their part says that they’ve “made considerable progress towards a new CLA (collective labor agreement) and so would like to continue the constructive dialogue with them”.
It added: “Should the industrial action go ahead, there could be some disruption to our flying program to and from Malaga, Palma and Barcelona during the strike period but at this stage, easyJet plans to operate its full schedule and we would like to reassure customers that we will do everything possible to minimize any disruption. ”
However, it’s worth bearing in mind that before these strikes were announced, easyJet had already said it would be canceling some of its flights this summer due to existing staff shortages. While the exact number of flights hasn’t been confirmed yet, it’s expected to be thousands across July, August and September.
How can I find out if my flight is canceled?
easyJet said it’s still working through the flying program to finalize the flights impacted.
It said: “The vast majority of customers’ flights will not be impacted and of those that are, the majority of customers will be rebooked within 24 hours. We will be notifying affected customers directly in the coming days with information on their alternative flight or the option to rebook or receive a refund. ”
If you haven’t received any notifications of cancellations, it’s likely that your flight will be going ahead. Make sure to log into your booking and double check the airline has the right phone numbers and email addresses for you. You can also use the airline’s flight tracker to check the status of an upcoming flight.
What are my rights?
Strike action and shortage of staff are considered issues within an airline’s control. Therefore if your flight is canceled or delayed because of these reasons, you could be entitled to compensation.
In the case of delays, the amount of money you’ll receive will depend on how delayed your flight is and the distance you’re traveling. If you decide not to travel because of a severe delay, you may also be entitled to a full refund.
For cancellations, it depends on how far in advance you’ve been told. If it’s within 14 days of travel, you may be able to claim compensation. The amount will depend on the distance you’re traveling as well as the timings of any proposed replacement flights. If it’s with more than 14 days’ notice, you’ll only be entitled to a full refund.
You can find out more, including how to make a claim, here.
If your easyJet flight is part of a package holiday booking, don’t worry. If your flights end up being canceled, you’ll be offered an alternative flight or a full refund on your holiday if it cannot go ahead. If you booked any excursions or other tickets though, these will become out of pocket expenses.
You may be able to reclaim some of these expenses through a comprehensive travel insurance.
Unfortunately, if you’ve booked your accommodation and flights separately and you decide not to or can’t travel, you could be left out of pocket for any hotels or other accommodation you’ve already booked. If you haven’t booked your accommodation yet, make sure that any you do has a free cancellation policy in place so you can make changes at the last minute if you need to. Again, you’ll need to look to your travel insurance policy for any out of pocket expenses.
It’s worth bearing in mind that there may be a shortage of alternative flights this summer due to the ongoing problem in air travel as well as the upcoming strikes by Ryanair’s cabin crew.
The Ryanair strikes are two, three-day walkouts planned by the airline’s Spanish staff, represented by the USO and SITCPLA unions. The first of these will be on June 24, 25, and 26, while the second will be on June 30, July 1 and 2.
These are part of a Europe-wide protest planned for this summer. Earlier this year, seven unions – Belgian unions ACV PULS and CNE, the French SNPNC, the Portuguese SNPVAC, the Italian UILTRASPORTI, and the Spanish USO and SITCPLA – proposed a series of coordinated strikes over pay and working conditions.