The pilot union of Transavia airlines, part of Air France-KLM group, has filed a strike notice from September 1st through October 15th. No specific strike dates have been confirmed. However, flight disruptions are possible during the notice timeframe. The cabin crew strike should affect airports in France.
What is the main reason for Transavia airlines pilots strike?
The main reason for Transavia airlines pilots strike is that Air France pilots union (SNPL) has way too much voice over the future of Transavia. This conclusion has come over approved July 31st decisions to expand Transavia airlines fleet and according to Transavia – this was approved without the Airline Pilots Union (SPL) of Transavia involvement. Transavia airlines says that they were “once again not invited to negotiations” and requires that the agreement be reviewed with their participation.
In reference to the Air Journal, the SPL has spoken:
“…such an agreement cannot be negotiated without the trade union organizations of Transavia … It is not acceptable that outside trade unions come to negotiate our future, our working conditions and our salaries … [The SPL] demands strict respect for the representative bodies of Transavia’s staff and its representative unions “.
Transavia airline development has been blocked by SNPL of Air France
Although the Transavia’s SPL union are calling for equal pay and benefits for Transavia pilots, employed by Air France, they also demand that they want equal say in the development of the airline.
According to ATW Online, the SPL are saying:
“Transavia has been blocked and constrained in its development by SNPL Air France ever since its creation”.
What happens if Transavia airline goes on strike?
If the Transavia airlines will go on strike during ‘back to school’ period, there could be significant flight disruptions as up to 30% of Transavia’s pilots are planning to get involved.
What are my rights during this strike?
As always, air passengers affected by delays and cancellations have all the usual rights granted to them under Regulation (EC) 261/2004. For delays lasting more than two hours, the airline has to provide you with free meals and drinks. You should also be allowed to make two free calls, use email or send a free fax. If you have to wait for the flight for one or more nights, the carrier has to provide you with free accommodation at a hotel, including transport to/from the airport. In case they’re unable/unwilling to do this, save the receipts: all “rational” expenses (no VIP penthouses, caviar or limos) should be refunded afterwards.
Normally, strikes and wildcat strikes are not considered grounds for awarding flight compensation, even though it’s Skycop’s opinion that delayed or cancelled flight compensation should apply to strikes of airline personnel. Afterall, the airlines should take care of them even better than they take care of the material aspects of the flight operation. Sometimes, however, disruptions caused by an airline strike may be claimable – check out airport and airline strike list for 2019 and find out if that’s the case with your disrupted flight.