RAM pilots return to work

Royal Air Maroc has reached a deal with its pilots’ union ending a ten-day strike, which had severely impacted on Morocco’s travel and tourism sector.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  June 7, 2004

Royal Air Maroc has reached a deal with its pilots’ union ending a ten-day strike, which had severely impacted on Morocco’s travel and tourism sector. Flight schedule issues caused the strike, which was led by the Moroccan Airline Pilots Association (AMPL). AMPL wanted the airline to respect agreed flight schedules for safety reasons, take back six pilots dismissed in early May for refusing to comply with schedule changes, and negotiate the status of pilots. Both sides agreed to a deal ending the strike after two days of talks on Friday and Saturday. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a statement from Royal Air Maroc stated that "the two parties reached a balanced accord which takes into consideration their respective constraints, therefore putting an end to the dispute.” According to AMPL, 90% of RAM’s 400 pilots took part in the strike. All of them have now returned to work. The stoppage and the resulting air traffic problems hit Morocco’s key tourism sector, with tour operators citing both lost business and damage to the country’s reputation. RAM, itself, told Reuters that the daily loss from the strike was 1.5 million dirhams (USD$166,500). RAM managed to carry up 85% of its passengers by using codeshare deals, transfer to other carriers, chartering foreign aircraft and through schedule changes.

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