In a statement dated May 11, the National Union of Civil Aviation Flight Personnel (SNPVAC) said that easyJet continues to consider the crew of Portuguese bases to be “minor workers", perpetuating their "precariousness and discrimination against colleagues from other countries".

According to the union, "the atmosphere of tension and displeasure and the long impasse in the resolution of the various labour disputes, led the SNPVAC to present a new strike notice”.

The stoppage will cover "all flights carried out by easyJet" as well as "other services to which cabin crew members are assigned".

"The proposals for amendments to the cash benefits previously presented by the company remain far below the threshold of what is acceptable to guarantee decent work for cabin crew", says the union, adding that "easyJet remains 'deaf' to the economic difficulties experienced by its crew, due to low income, in view of the recognised increase in the cost of living, which suffocates workers and jeopardises the well-being and comfort of their families".

easyJet has said they are "extremely disappointed" with the strike call, assuring that the "current proposal of the union is impracticable".

"The union's current proposal is impracticable, especially given that what we pay our workers is above the national average wage".

"We will do everything possible to mitigate the impact it may have on our customers, including making changes to flights before the strike", assured the company, noting that "customers whose flights are affected will be directly contacted via SMS or 'email', through the data provided at the time of booking".

The carrier also said that all customers whose flights are cancelled "are eligible for a refund or free change to a new flight".