In the last five days of the easyJet cabin crew strike, Mariana Mortágua went to Lisbon airport to show solidarity with workers, criticising the airline for preferring to “cancel flights and affect its operation rather than meeting with workers and providing working conditions”.

“It is necessary to tell easyJet that Portugal is not a second-class country. You cannot arrive in Germany, France or the United Kingdom and pay your workers two thousand, three thousand, four thousand euros and then arrive in Portugal and, for more working hours pay a minimum wage or pay a salary of one thousand euros”, she considered.

In the opinion of the BE leader, in addition to the airline, “the Government has responsibilities”.

"The Government cannot allow a company of this size, with this responsibility, after having taken over Portela's 'slots', to treat its workers like this and, above all, to break the law, and to go against the law in terms of the right to strike", she said.

For Mariana Mortágua, it is necessary to “increase the wages of these workers” and the cabin crew on strike “are absolutely right”.

It is necessary “to make a challenge to the Government to mobilize with easyJet, to comply with the law and to put pressure on easyJet to know that Portugal is not a second-rate country. You have to pay living wages here,” she emphasised.

The BE coordinator also stated that it has to be rejected that Portugal is “a low-wage economy”, considering that easyJet is an example of this type of economy.

“A big company, which arrives in Portugal, which says it is a flagship company, which sets up shop at Lisbon airport, which gets 'slots' that were from TAP and then pays its workers' unworthy wages”, she criticised.

Mortágua also condemned the “inflexibility regarding the strike” by the company, which it accused of “coercing workers not to strike, of using illegal methods to try to prevent the effects of the strike”.

The president of the National Union of Civil Aviation Flight Personnel (SNPVAC) had today urged easyjet to present a proposal “at least workable” to the cabin crew, on strike since Friday with 90% adherence.

“No one takes a strike lightly. We are sorry for the inconvenience we are causing passengers. It is important that the company realises that with this wear and tear it is not going anywhere and is harming all parties involved and that it presents a serious proposal that we can say is workable”, said Ricardo Penarróias.

Speaking to the Lusa agency, in the last five days of the strike, which led to the cancellation of hundreds of flights and calls, the president SNPVAC regretted that the company "has chosen to leave the negotiating table", ensuring that the union and workers are available to resume dialogue.

“The company left the negotiating table. We never go out. We hope that after the strike, the company presents a proposal closer to what we want”, he said.