easyJet, the UK based airline, has announced a warning for its passengers flying to various destinations in Europe of a possible industrial action.
The airline is expecting hundreds of flights being cancelled and rescheduled across Europe, in view of a Europe-wide general strike called on Wednesday, November 14, 2012. The strike has been called by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), and will take place at different times in different countries.
The airline, in a statement, said, ‘easyJet has been advised of a General strike on 14th November organised by the European Trade Union Confederation with strikes and demonstrations across Europe.
This will effect different countries at different times during the day of the 14th November Spain and the Canary Islands will operate a 24 hour strike period from 00:01 to 23:59 and Greece will operate the strike period from 12:00/15:00.
easyJet are proactively trying to minimize disruption, however, we would like to warn customers that they could experience delays, to their travel plans.
Therefore it is with regret the following flights will either be delayed, rescheduled, or cancelled due to this action. We advise passengers planning to travel to/from these countries on 14th November to keep checking our website for updates.’
Bernadette Segol, the ETUC general secretary, said, ‘By sowing austerity, we are reaping recession, rising poverty and social anxiety. In some countries, people’s exasperation is reaching a peak. We need urgent solutions to get the economy back on track, not stifle it with austerity. Europe’s leaders are wrong not to listen to the anger of the people who are taking to the streets.
The Troika can no longer behave so arrogantly and brutally towards the countries which are in difficulty. They must urgently address the issues of jobs and social fiscal justice and they must stop their attacks on wages, social protection and public services.
The ETUC is calling for a social compact for Europe with a proper social dialogue, an economic policy that fosters quality jobs, and economic solidarity among the countries of Europe. We urgently need to change course.’