Tuesday, July 3, 2012

PLUNA Cancels Flights for 48-Hours due to Employee Strike

PLUNA's administrative staff union announced a strike to begin tonight, July 3 at 21:20 Montevideo time lasting until Friday, July 6 at 12:00 hours.  The strike action is being taken to protest the proposed layoffs / redundancies of 200 staff as part of the negotiation with Juan Carlos Lopez Mena, owner of BQB Lineas Aereas, to purchase the 75% shareholding formerly held by the Jazz/Leadgate partnership.  

Other concerns include the lack of information from government officials on actions being taken to capitalize PLUNA.  The union is also said to be considering participating in the new capitalization of the carrier once Jazz's 30-day option to purchase the 75% shareholding expires on July 15.     

PLUNA's management decided to cancel all flights for 48 hours to avoid uncertainty and confusion among passengers regarding their flight status and have been asked to contact the carrier about flight possibilities on other airlines or to rebook travel for future dates.

Source: El Pais Uruguay 03Jul12

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