Colombia pilots said they would continue their strike if the demands are not met.
“Colombian Association of Civil Aviators (ACDAC) began striking on September 20 arguing, among other things, that the company should pay them as much as pilots in other Latin American countries. Avianca – who maintain that the strikes are illegal – has had to cancel over 200 flights every day.”.. reported local news Bogota Post.
According to Bloomberg, “The labour ministry had called for mandatory arbitration on Thursday, which Avianca said meant the strike would be lifted within 48 hours. Instead, the union said its pilots would continue to protest, saying they had a legal right to a 60-day strike before the tribunal could be called.”
According to labour law, if the airlines qualify as an “essential public service”, the union will be prohibited from striking, The next court hearing scheduled for Wednesday to reach a verdict.
Since the strike began, Avianca has been out of 700 pilots to keep its aircraft flying.
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.