EMPLOYEES of Babcock, which operates the Emergency Services helicopters, announced 27 strike days this month and in June.
The series of weekly stoppages, due to begin on May 17, is backed by the SEPLA airline pilots’ union and technicians’ union ASETMA as well as the UGT trade union.
All are protesting against Babcock’s proposed salary cuts of between 13 and 30 per cent but the representatives guaranteed a “100 per cent minimum service” for the operations that the company’s 330 pilots carry out for the Public Administration.
“There will be no real impact in the service,” said the union officials, who explained that the decision to cut salaries was included in the collective arbitration agreement.
“Instead the company later informed the works committee after taking a unilateral decision,” ASETMA and UGT said.