Saturday, December 21, 2013

Brazil: SNA Pilots, Flight Attendants Call Off Threatened Strike to Disrupt Xmas

According to The Latin American Tribune, the SNA union representing Brazil’s airline pilots and flight attendants decided Thursday (December 19) to call off a strike that had threatened to disrupt travel over the Christmas holiday.

Union delegates voted to accept the latest proposals from the airlines, the SNA said in a statement.

The decision was reached at in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Brasília and Porto Alegre.

COMMENT: Pilots agreed to accept an across-the-board salary reduction of 5.6%, as well as the establishment of upper limits on pay for commanders and co-pilots, the SNA said.

SNA members had planned to walk out on Friday (December 20) and remain off the job through Christmas.

"In respect for passengers and considering the fragility of the Brazilian air transport system, we decided to cancel the strike, but we will continue to seek better conditions for work and for the sector," said SNA union president Marcelo Ceriotti in the statement.

Government air-transport officials expect Friday to be the busiest day of the year at the country's airports, with at least 360,000 passengers booked for flights at the start of the year-end holiday period.