Published On: Mon, Oct 2nd, 2017

Curaçao is suffering from Avianca strike

AviancaWILLEMSTAD - The Bogota - Curaçao route is starting to suffer from the strikes organized by the 700 pilots of Avianca Colombia.

Last weekend several flights between Colombia and Curaçao were canceled. Some passengers are now flying with American Airlines and Copa Airlines. But some of them are stranded in Curaçao. According to sources, there are also passengers in Bogota waiting for the airline to resume its flights to the island.

Avianca employs about 1,300 pilots of which more than half are on strike due to stalled negotiations on the collective employment agreement.

Colombian pilots said they’d continue their strike, dashing hopes of an early end to the disruption at Avianca that has grounded 250 flights a day by the nation’s biggest airline.

One cause of the dispute comes from a tax reform passed last year, which removed a benefit that pilots received for being considered air force reserves. The union says that Avianca had repeatedly used the exemption as an argument for not raising wages.

On Sept. 20, when the strike started, Avianca said it had made an 11.75 percent wage increase already, which was more than other companies had made.

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