RAM pilots threaten second strike

Pilots at Royal Air Maroc are threatening to go on strike again, if the airline hires foreign pilots for its planned charter subsidiary.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  June 9, 2004

Pilots at Royal Air Maroc are threatening to go on strike again, if the airline hires foreign pilots for its planned charter subsidiary. A previous 10-day long strike, which did tremendous damage to Morocco’s vital tourism sector, only came to a close on Sunday. The threat of a new strike came from the Moroccan Airline Pilots Association (AMPL), which says that RAM has contacted former Sabena pilots offering them jobs on Atlas Blue, its planned charter carrier, which is expected to start operating later this year. "This is unacceptable: RAM has enough pilots to satisfy the needs for the charter firm. We are ready to stage new strikes if RAM goes ahead with this plan," an AMPL spokesman told Reuters. Royal Air Maroc declined to comment on the new threat, and has also not released details of the settlement that ended the previous strike. The union, however, says that it obtained the reinstatement of six pilots who were wrongly dismissed in early May. "There was no written agreement. We called off the strike after negotiators read out the feedback of meetings with RAM," said the union spokesman.

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