Rabat – Royal Air Maroc (RAM) is firing back at pilots who decided to strike after disagreements emerged between the two parties. The airline was forced to cancel 10 flights on Friday, June 20.
The cancelled flights include flights to Paris Charles De Gaulle, Toulouse, Milan, Marseille, and Bologna. Flights to Barcelona, Casablanca, Nouakchott, and Cairo could also be at risk of disruption, said the RAM in a statement.
“The company fears the consequences in this period of high traffic, marked by the return of Moroccans from the diaspora, while Hajj [pilgrimage to Mecca] is approaching,” an RAM official said to AFP.
The airline recommended customers postpone their trips before August 15, 2018, at no additional cost, or to obtain a refund of the airline ticket if their flight was cancelled.
The Moroccan Airline Pilots Association has refuted the term “strike” used by management, but urged the pilots in the association on Wednesday to apply certain “resolutions,” with less “flexibility” on working hours.
The airline pilots are calling for the improvement of working conditions and a reevaluation of salaries. The National Federation of Air Transport, affiliated with the Moroccan Union of Labor (UMT), the largest union in the country, called on both parties Thursday to begin “a constructive dialogue.”