Controversy continues to brew over at Air Europa Express, which is under hot water for allegedly charging a fee to job applicants.
The Air Europa subsidiary, which began operations just this year, has been accused by unions of illegally charging candidates 60 euros to apply for pilot and cabin crew jobs, reports news.com.au.
According to unions, final interviews for 100 jobs as pilots and 150 positions as cabin crew were held last week in Valencia, Spain. Spanish trade union, Union Sindical Obrera at Air Europa, received a copy of an e-mail sent in January that was sent to job candidates demanding the fee.
In response, the Spanish Guild of Commercial Aviation Pilots (COPAC) has filed a complaint with the local labour and social security inspectorate because “any type of charge is immoral,” said COPAC spokesman Miguel Angel San Emeterio.
Emeterio also added that charging to apply for a job is “illegal” because it violates the principle of non-discrimination in access to employment.
Air Europa has not confirmed that job candidates were charged a fee. The company is owned by Globalia and is the third largest air carrier in Spain.