Avianca pilots end strike of 51 days

Employees request fairer wages and reduction of working hours.

On November 9 ended the strike by the pilots of the Colombian airline Avianca, which lasted 51 days, being the longest in the history of commercial aviation and affecting more than 30,000 passengers belonging to more than 10,000 canceled flights.

The fundamental reasons that motivated the pilots to carry out the strike are the reduction of the working hours of 40 monthly hours and an increase of the salary by 50% to reach the values that receive pilots from other countries where Avianca operates.

The Colombian Association of Civil Aviators (ACDAC, by its initials in Spanish), an association that brings together the pilots, justified the strike in their “constitutional right to strike”, also stating that the pilots are not part of an essential public service.

Meanwhile, the airline states that the pilots are part of an essential service and that the requests for them amounted to more than 200 million dollars, an amount difficult to achieve considering that net profits were 22 million in the first half of the year.

Of the 51 strike days, only 10 had negotiations between the pilots and the airline, although without reaching any agreement.

Currently the case is in charge of the courts where the battle between both parties continues.

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