Royal Air Maroc and Pilot Union Reach Agreement to End Strike

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Rabat- RAM has reached an agreement with the AMPL union, ending a four-week pilot strike that caused 150 flight delays and cancellations.

No cancellations of RAM flights were announced on Wednesday. Royal Air Maroc and AMPL announced Tuesday night, August 14, that they reached an agreement to end their dispute, and are ready to rekindle their trust.

RAM pilots started a strike on July 18, asking for better working conditions and a salary raise of MAD 15,000 per month.

Since the start of the protest, RAM reportedly lost approximately MAD 20 million daily due to the 150 delayed and canceled flights, triggering the fury of passengers and putting RAM in danger of bankruptcy, according to L’Economiste.

An AMPL representative told Moroccan news outlet Medias 24 on July 31 that pilots would not settle for any proposal by RAM that did not satisfy their requests.

Although it is not certain yet whether RAM decided to increase the salaries of its pilots, both the company and the union pledged to work together to improve flight service.

RAM and AMPL said that they are fully aware of the economic and social issues the country is dealing with and the pivotal role that tourism plays in the progress of the Moroccan economy.

Fortunately for RAM, it was able to solve the crisis before the end of August, the most profitable month in summer. The agreement will allow RAM to serve some of Morocco’s 32,000 Hajj pilgrims returning from Mecca, Saudi Arabia, after Eid al-Adha.