Iberia opens the negotiation of its agreements with the urgency of agreements before the end of the year | Companies

This Thursday, September 15, is the date marked in red on Iberia’s work calendar. After more than two years of interruption due to the pandemic, the management and the five cabin crew unions (TCP) meet again to negotiate the agreement. Simultaneously, the airline will sit down with the Sepla of the pilots and with the representatives of the Ground group. The atmosphere is tense among the TCP, after several mobilizations in recent weeksand the agreement does not seem to entail difficulties with the other two groups.

The talks start in a context of notable reactivation, with a summer of high occupancy and good levels of income per traveler. But the tug of war will also be marked by the financial commitments that the company assumed to have cash during the crisis. Of the 800 million loan guaranteed by the ICO, it will have to repay 123 million in 2023, 168 million are due in 2024, and it will repay 206 million in 2025 and 311 million in 2026.

The airline, which has promised to be generous, wants to have all three agreements on track in October. And it is that the pacts are urgent.

The ‘TCP’ demand a rise of 4.55% prior to the revision of their labor framework

On the labor framework of handling workers, Iberia seeks to be clear about their labor costs before going all out in the tender opened by Aena to grant ramp handling licenses at 43 airports. In the next few days the term for the on-site study of the different facilities expires, where the needs for personnel and equipment are known, and the next thing will be to present offers. Awards are expected in the first half of 2023.

In the case of the pilots, the mandate of the current Sepla union section is about to expire and there will be elections in November. Sources close to the company take it for granted that it will be this team that stamps the signature on the tenth pilot agreement.

Months ago, a battle was expected around Annex X of the agreement, which subordinates the growth of Iberia Express to that of Iberia. The company He’s been trying to lift that guarantee for years by which the pilots make sure that they do not bet on the development of low cost to the detriment of the production of the matrix, and in the current dialogue it was once again a key element. However, the Sepla has maintained frontal opposition to any variation during the preliminary contacts and this has left in the background, if not in the drawer, this aspiration of the leadership. With this, social peace is practically assured.

The discomfort of the TCP, openly expressed in recent weeks, is summed up in the demand for the consolidation of a 4.55% increase in salary bases before opening their agreement. It is a concession that, according to the unions, the pilots already obtained in 2018 and the ground teams in 2019. From that point on, they will put on the table the recognition of the IPC and improvements for employees who barely reach the minimum wage . In exchange, they seem open to granting flexibility formulas for Iberia to manage its peaks in demand.

Spain, five points from the traffic of August 2019

Air traffic remained in August at 5.5% of the level reached in the same month of 2019, when a record was set in Spain.

The air control manager Enaire recorded 206,599 flights, of which 40,197 were domestic. This last figure contains an increase of 1.9% compared to the figure prior to the crisis. The 120,496 international flights are still 9.2 percentage points below. The overflights (which do not have their origin or destination in a Spanish airport) were 45,906, 98.7% of those controlled three years ago.

With these data, the recovery of air traffic in Spain exceeds the European average by 6.8 points, where traffic is 12.3% of that of August 2019.


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