easyJet pilots vote for strike action
Following up on the two previous blogs, the result of the easyJet pilots vote was announced yesterday and they have overwhelmingly voted in favour of strike action. Pilots union Balpa said that the ballot closed with 96% agreeing to strike over complaints that their strenuous shift patterns are resulting in rising levels of fatigue. According to the union 86% of its 2,000 members took part. However, they have received a last-minute offer from easyJet, which will be considered in meetings today.
In a statement easyJet said it is committed to working with Balpa to find a resolution to the dispute and promised passengers that no disruption is currently planned: “We hope to reach a mutually agreeable solution. easyJet can reassure its passengers that no industrial action is currently planned by its UK pilots”.
24.9.16: Update: The BBC report that easyJet pilots have suspended strike action pending further talks: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37456624
Extreme Sailing Series
For those who have noticed increased activity in the bay over the last few days, the explanation is the arrival of the sixth stage of the Extreme Sailing Series 2016, which sees some of the top professional catamaran sailing teams in the world competing in a series of races between today and the 25th. To quote their website: “Now in its 10th year, the Extreme Sailing Series is a pioneering and award-winning global sailing championship that features super-fast, hydro-foiling GC32 catamarans racing in close confinement in stadium settings in the heart of some of the world’s most iconic cities and venues”. There is expected to be a lot of media coverage and live streaming, particularly over the weekend. Seven international teams will compete, with the final (8th) stage in Sydney in December
Ponta do Pargo
In the wake of the August fires the Diario reported recently that land in Ponta do Pargo that was expropriated for the infamous failed golf course development will serve as a pasture. This is only be a temporary measure until the beginning of next spring, but solves a problem for livestock farmers after the fires destroyed large areas of pasture allocated to three cooperatives of farmers in Calheta and Ponta do Sol. It is anticipated that by March next year the original pastures will have regenerated.
Busy day in Funchal harbour
Busy day in the harbour yesterday with both the Queen Elizabeth and the Balmoral in dock – the photo (from the excellent Sergio Cruises blog) doesn’t quite give the impression of size when you are stood on the quayside! The cruise ship season seems to have well and truly started – another came in from the west in a blaze of lights around 6.00 this morning.