Aeromexico pilots propose to ‘freeze’ their salaries for 4 years

Aeroméxico pilots will vote on a proposal to freeze their salaries for 4 years, this to help the airline reduce its workload in the financial recovery process.

This proposal was presented on Monday to the General Assembly for approval by voting at the ballot box that began at the end of the Assembly session and will conclude on December 30.

In an interview for El Financiero, José Suárez, press secretary of the Asociación Sindical de Pilotos Aviadores (ASPA) of Mexico, pointed out that the captains sought an alternative to the one proposed by the airline and that was in line with the requirements of Apollo, the investment fund that capitalized the ‘Caballero Águila’ for a billion dollars.

“We are looking for where we could cut back. One of the things that we propose is to freeze our salaries for the next four years and other savings items such as uniforms, suitcases, some extra payments, ”said Suárez on Tuesday.

The pilots’ proposal is being voted on and it will be until Wednesday when the results are announced. If the union members accept the proposal, it will be presented to the creditors’ committee of the Court of the Southern District of New York, where Aeroméxico carries out a bankruptcy process.

ASPA’s proposal contemplates a total reduction of 22 percent in the workload, after which a new adjustment would be carried out so that the salaries of the pilots could increase based on the financial results of the airline.

The savings scheme presented by the pilots precedes that of Aeroméxico, which in recent months informed the union of a project to modify the collective bargaining agreement that was more similar to that of a low-cost airline.

The Aeroméxico proposal, the pilots said, violates the labor rights achieved in recent decades, which is why they showed their rejection of the modifications suggested by the airline.

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