Pilot strike threatens at Brussels Airlines

At the end of December 2021, the pilots and cabin crew of Brussels Airlines also went on strike for 24 hours. They felt that the workload was too high and that the collective labor agreements were not being complied with. The management of the company then promised improvements, but the unions now judge that nothing has come of it in practice.

Tuesday’s reconciliation meeting is specifically between the pilots, represented by their unions and the management. It doesn’t bode well in advance, as the two sides are far apart. It is possible that cabin crew and ground staff of the Belgian airline will later join the requirements of the pilots.

Salary is also a stumbling block. During the pandemic, Brussels Airlines pilots accepted a 10 percent pay cut. With international aviation making a major recovery, pilots want at least some of their previous sacrifice back. The management doesn’t seem to want that yet.

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