Brussels Airlines aircrew strike averted

A threatened strike by Brussels Airlines‘ aircrew was narrowly averted when the airline rescinded cost-cutting measures. The Belgian Cockpit Association (BeCA) had announced on 29 April that Brussels Airlines pilots would go on indefinite strike beginning at 05:00 on 30 April, to protest against cost-cutting measures the airline had imposed unilaterally, including laying off all aircrew over 55 years old, a wage freeze, and reduced rest times. The flight attendants union had joined in the strike action. At an emergency meeting held at the labor ministry that evening with a social mediator, the airline backed off and rescinded the measures and the strike was called off.

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