Royal Air Maroc starts talks with pilots to avert strike

26 August 2009

Union aims to stop carrier recruiting foreign staff

Royal Air Maroc has launched a new round of talks with the airline’s pilots in a bid to prevent a fourth strike.

Pilots at the Moroccan national carrier concluded their latest nine-day round of industrial action on 21 August but have threatened a further strike if their demands are not met.

The pilots’ union wants Royal Air Maroc to appoint more Moroccans as captains across the group, and to halt the recruitment of senior foreign pilots so that it can give greater opportunities to locals.

Previous negotiations have failed to break the deadlock. The airline and its low-cost subsidiary Atlas Blue were brought to a standstill during previous walkouts by pilots on 17-20 July, 22-25 July and 13-21 August (MEED 20:8:09).

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