Pilots' strike averted at Brussels Airlines
Brussels Airlines pilots will not strike this month as threatened, the airline and unions announced on Tuesday. The two sides have reached an agreement to reduce the pilots’ workloads.
Unions had submitted a strike notice at the end of November and threatened action from 11 December. That is now off the table, unions BBTK and ACV Puls have confirmed.
The agreed measures will take effect from January, with an evaluation in April to see if they help to reduce short-term sick leave. If not, additional measures will be introduced.
“This agreement improves the work-life balance of our pilots while ensuring the competitiveness of Brussels Airlines,” the company said in a statement. “It also means that any actions by our pilots are no longer an issue.”
Brussels Airlines cabin crew had also threatened strike action in December. Last month, unions agreed not to strike after the company made a proposal that includes financial guarantees and agreements on working conditions, rest and sick pay. Cabin crew will be consulted on it this month.
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