Following an arbitration ruling by a Colombian court that was overseen by the Colombian Ministry of Labor, Avianca said in a statement that it has agreed to grant the mandated wage increase and extended benefits to pilots as decreed by the ruling body.
The Bogotá-based airline noted that it would honor the raise and benefit provisions retroactively to April 1 in response to the ruling in a labor dispute with its main pilots union, ACDAC, that dates back to the early fall and led to a massive pilot strike that severely disrupted operations and grounded tens of thousands of flights.
As a “principle of equality,” said the carrier in a statement, the backpay and extended benefits will be granted to all of pilots and co-pilots of Avianca S.A. in Colombia, not only the roughly 700 members of the ACDAC union who went on strike.
The carrier maintains, however, that the arbitration agreement is not final and noted that it has filed a legal action to annul the ruling. But because it is not disputing the salary aspects of the decision, merely other regulatory issues, the financial provisions for pilots have been met already, according to Avianca.
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