PARIS Nov 23 The French pilots' union SNPL
called a one-day strike against easyJet for Monday,
accusing the British budget airline of not adequately sharing
with employees record profits it announced earlier in the week.
EasyJet said it did not plan to cancel flights, but warned
of possible delays.
Ninety percent of easyJet pilots in France belong to SNPL
and easyJet operates out of 16 French airports.
EasyJet, Europe's second-largest low-cost carrier after
Ryanair Holdings Plc, announced on Tuesday that pretax
profit rose 51 percent in the financial year ended September.
It said it would pay a 175 million pound ($282 million)
special dividend to shareholders. Shares of easyJet have doubled
over the last year.
In a statement issued the same day, SNPL said its pilots
would receive "no profit-sharing agreement, no company share
plan, no improved working conditions", and warned of protest
walkouts in coming months.
"The breaking point has been reached, and pilots are tired,"
the statement said. "While the management is happily sharing
millions between them, employees are totally forgotten and left
to struggle in a fight to the social bottom."
SNPL spokesman Didier Bourguignon said easyJet was likely to
replace strikers with pilots based in other countries, as it did
during the last French strike in August 2012, which resulted in
EasyJet said in a statement that "a small number" of its
French pilots had notified it that they would strike on Monday.
"EasyJet expects to operate its full flying programme in
France on Monday. The airline does not expect to cancel any of
its flights however, there may be some delays," it said.