The Colombian Association of Civil Aviators (Acdac) announced its decision to lift the strike that began on September 20. Starting November 13 – and after 51 days of unemployment – striking pilots will return to support Avianca operations, Mexican aviation portal A21 writes.
Through a statement on Twitter, the pilot union said that it came to this agreement as “a gesture of goodwill with the country.”
The decision of Acdac was made official, prior to the 60th day limit being fulfilled for its action to be declared illegal by the Colombian Ministry of Labor.
The organization recognized the mediation work of Carlos Negret, head of the Ombudsman's Office, who in turn urged Avianca to “receive in good faith” the return of the pilots, and respect their rights as unionized workers, provided by the law and international treaties.
For its part, Avianca said in a statement that it will respect the provisions of the labor law and the internal rules of the organization for the reinstatement of striking pilots.
It is estimated that during the suspension period, Avianca reduced its operations by more than 50 percent, which resulted in 13,000 canceled or delayed flights and 40,000 passengers affected. Also, it is estimated that it lost 2.5 million dollars.
Faced with this, the company regretted the delay of Acdac to make this decision, however, the trade union association argued that it was the executives of the airline who avoided giving space to the dialogue on several occasions.
For the time being, pilots must undergo a disciplinary process to rejoin their positions. And in the case of those who were dismissed, they must attend the Obligatory Arbitration Court convened by the Ministry of Labor to be reinstated in their position.