Mexico’s biggest airline Aeromexico is negotiating with its flight attendants in an attempt to settle a contract dispute and stave off a strike threatened for midnight Friday. Grupo Aeromexico SAB is offering Aeromexico attendants wage increases in line with inflation over the next three years and a 2% productivity bonus, but also requiring cheaper and more flexible contracts for new hires. Annual inflation is currently at 4.7%.
ASSA, the union representing Aeromexico’s 1,380 flight attendants, opposes the new contracts, which it alleges would cut overall remuneration for new hires by 60%. It has demanded that the proposal be taken off the table. The union had lowered its wage demand to 5% from 10% and called for a 3% bonus. The negotiations are being overseen by the Labor Ministry, which expressed confidence that the two sides could come to an agreement.