If you were planning on flying from Argentina in the near future, be sure to double check your flight before leaving the house. Yet another strike, which began last night at 10 PM, means that multiple flights have been cancelled and there are delays — again. The strike was lifted shortly after 10:30 AM, but the airports are set to remain chaotic for the rest of the day. More importantly though, it could be a signal of more chaos to come in the near future.
What happened this time? Two unions, the Union of Commercial Airline Superior Personnel (UPSA) and the Aeronautical Personnel Association (APA), announced last night that since their attempts to re-negotiate their salaries in what’s known as collective bargaining had failed, they would carry out assemblies to inform everyone of that failure.
“Let it be made clear that our legitimate actions are not a strike but informative assemblies that logically create delays in today’s flights. We were willing to talk but we were faced with intransigent stances that determined the need for [these] assemblies,” said Marcelo Uhrich, the Press Secretary of UPSA.
As a result of these workers’ assemblies, flights from 6:00 AM to 7:30 AM were cancelled. LATAM (as the company that merged LAN and TAM is called) cancelled 12 flights this morning while Aerolíneas Argentinas cancelled 18 from both Ezeiza and Aeroparque. Although the Labor Ministry signed a binding arbitration to bring services back to normal, those cancellations mean that there will be continued delays throughout the day.
“There is solidarity between UPSA and APA in this. Unfortunately, after a long time negotiating an agreement could not be reached [while] inflation has destroyed our salaries […] We haven’t seen any readjustments in the past year, we don’t deserve to be treated like this and have been patient until now,” continued Uhrich.
Our advice? This isn’t the first time there’s been a surprise strike like this and it probably won’t be the last as the end of the year crawls steadily towards us. When making plans to travel, make sure to have a Plan B, double check your flight before leaving and arm yourself with patience.