17.04.2014

Union could take 1,300 Norwegian staff on strike

norwegian.jpgUnion could take 1,300 Norwegian staff on strike

Norway's Parat Union has threatened to take more than 1,300 Norwegian Airlines employees out on strike if the airline does not agree to a joint collective bargaining agreement for the cabin crew by April 30.

"The cabin crew may be taken out on strike on April 30," Parat chief Hans-Erik Skjæggerud told E24. "We have not received approval for continued joint collective bargaining agreement for the cabin crew." 

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Malindo Air staff strike over pay dispute

malindo.jpgMalindo Air staff strike over pay dispute

Tempers flared at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) when disgruntled baggage handlers were accused of refusing to unload luggage from a Malindo Air flight from New Dehli.

Mas Zuhairin Zubir, who was among those affected, said passengers had to wait almost three hours for their luggage before they could leave the airport. “The flight arrived on schedule at 6.15am but I only got my bags at 9.07am,” said the training and development manager.

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09.04.2014

Air India pilots threaten strike

airindia.jpgAir India pilots threaten strike

A proposal to cut allowances of Air India’s pilots by 15 per cent is leading to resentment among sections of the pilots as they feel that the move will place them below the prevailing pay scales offered by other airlines.

Officials downplayed the possibility of pilots striking work over the issue which could affect the airline’s operations during the summer season.

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08.04.2014

Flights cancelled ahead of Milan airports strike

easyjet.jpgFlights cancelled ahead of Milan airports strike

Flights have been cancelled ahead of a strike by airport workers at Milan’s two airports on Friday.

Baggage handlers are reported to be planning the walkout between 1pm and 5pm local time at both Malpensa and Linate airports.

EasyJet warned in a posting to passengers on its website: “This will affect flights to and from the Milan airports and unfortunately as a consequence of this we have taken an early decision to cancel a number of flights to allow you to make alternative travel plans during the holiday period.”

The airline added: “We also strongly advise you that if you wish to travel and want to rebook your easyJet flights – you should avoid rebooking flights on the same day as there is some likelihood of further disruption that could cause further cancellations.”

A second wave of strike action is planned between the same times on May 4.

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07.04.2014

LATAM Airlines faces Chile cabin crew strike; domestic flights affected

latam.jpgLATAM Airlines faces Chile cabin crew strike; domestic flights affected

Cabin crew members of LATAM Airlines' Chilean unit will go on strike Tuesday to demand better salary and working conditions, forcing the regional carrier to cancel or reprogram more than 100 domestic flights.

"We were in talks with the company all weekend long, but it was impossible to reach an agreement because of the lack of minimum conditions that we feel are non-negotiable," Giannina Fiora, union leader for cabin crew members of the LAN Express unit, said in an interview.

update: The strike originally planned for Tuesday among LAN Express cabin crew members has been postponed by 24 hours, but the airline has canceled 10 percent of domestic flights this week to minimize the potential effect of a strike that is “likely” to come in the next few days.

Details of flights affected throughout the week can be found on the official website — the airline has promised to refund tickets through the ticket office or call center, and offered a free flight change to passengers within the next 60 days.

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31.03.2014

THAI ground service staff threaten strike action

thaifa.jpgTHAI ground service staff threaten strike action 

Ground service staff working for Thai Airways International (THAI) plan to go on strike on April 13 to press for higher pay. 

The strike would happen at all airports in Thailand and workers have the right to strike under labour law. If the strike happens, catering and ground services would be affected, said a THAI executive.



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Airport Staff in Iceland to Strike

keflavik.jpgAirport Staff in Iceland to Strike

Eighty-eight percent of the members of the three unions with employees at ISAVIA, the company which the operates airports in Iceland, voted in favor of holding four short strikes, closing all airports in Iceland and disrupting all air traffic to and from Iceland, eyjan.is reports. 

The strikes will occur on April 8, 23 and 25 between 4 and 9 am. A general strike will occur on April 30, which will also run from 4 to 9 am and continue until further notice.

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29.03.2014

Beirut Air Traffic Control Services to Partially Suspend Work on Tuesday

beirut2.jpgBeirut Air Traffic Control Services to Partially Suspend Work on Tuesday

The Air Traffic Controllers' committee announced on Saturday that it will partially suspend its work at the Rafic Hariri International Airport on Tuesday, to protest the new wage scale draft law.

"We cannot but protest to restate the demands of the air traffic controllers, whose technical specialties and particular skills are responsible for the safety of passengers arriving in and leaving Lebanon,” the committee said in a released statement.

The work suspension will take place on Tuesday from 10 am to 12 pm.

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28.03.2014

Thomas Cook Airlines facing summer strike threat

thomascook.jpgThomas Cook Airlines facing summer strike threat

Thomas Cook Airlines is reported to be facing the threat of industrial action this summer in a mounting row with cabin crew.

The company is proposing to reduce the number of cabin crew on its aircraft to the minimum allowed under EU rules.

The Unite union is balloting nearly 1,000 of its members in a consultative ballot for industrial action.

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Lufthansa pilots to stage 3-day strike next week

luft747.jpgLufthansa pilots to stage 3-day strike next week

A union representing pilots at Germany's Lufthansa has called for a three-day strike next week in a long-running pay dispute.

The Vereinigung Cockpit union said it is calling on pilots to walk off the job next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 2-4. The union said Friday it is currently ruling out any further strikes until the end of the Easter vacation.

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23.03.2014

German public-sector strike to affect Frankfurt airport

frankfurt.jpgGerman public-sector strike to affect Frankfurt airport

German services trade union Verdi said it would extend strike calls in support of higher public sector pay to staff at Frankfurt airport next Thursday, adding to a list of actions likely to hamper German air traffic.

"It is safe to assume that there will be considerable delays that day," the union said in a statement.A spokesman for Frankfurt airport operator Fraport said that the company called on the union not let the dispute affect airline passengers.

In addition, German airline Lufthansa is facing more strikes after pilots voted on Friday to back their demands for better pay and working conditions with industrial action.

The pilots' union has not set a date yet for the strike but did not plan, for now, to call it over the Easter holidays.

UPDATE: In addition to staff at Frankfurt Airport, )workers at six other German airports have announced plans to stage a strike on 27 March 2014. The strike action is expected to begin in the early morning and last until 1400 local time (1300 UTC).

Considerable delays and cancellations are likely to occur at Cologne Bonn Airport, Dusseldorf Airport , Hamburg Airport, Hannover Airport, Stuttgart Airport and Munich Airport.

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21.03.2014

Jersey baggage handlers ballot over Easter strike action

jersey.jpgJersey baggage handlers ballot over Easter strike action

Baggage handlers at Jersey Airport are being balloted over industrial action, the union Unite said.

They are threatening to strike over potential changes to working hours and conditions after changes to service providers at the airport.

Up to 25 Unite members will be balloted on whether take action. If they decide to strike a union spokesman said it could be over the Easter break.

The spokesman said the count would be made on 4 April.

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Pilots at Germany's Lufthansa vote for strike

lufthansa.jpgPilots at Germany's Lufthansa vote for strike

German airline Lufthansa is facing more strike woes after pilots voted to bolster their demands for better pay and working conditions with industrial action.

More than 90 percent of the German flagship carrier's pilots voted in favor of going on strike, union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC), which represents about 5,400 Lufthansa pilots, said on Friday.

"No one of us really wants to strike and we've been negotiating very patiently, but our patience has run out," the pilots' chief negotiator Thomas von Sturm told journalists.

On Friday, the union said it would announce any strike action 48 hours in advance to give passengers time to change their travel plans.

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18.03.2014

Go! Airlines in Hawaii to Close April 1

gohawai.jpgGo! Airlines in Hawaii to Close April 1

Mesa Air Group, doing business as the controversial airline go! Airlines in Hawaii, will close April 1, the company announced in a statement today. 

The airline is largely blamed as the reason why longtime beloved airline Aloha Airlines closed its doors in 2008. Aloha Airlines cited losses from the lengthy interisland airfare war triggered by go! airlines when the older airline filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to a 2008 report in the Pacific Business News by now-Civil Beat reporter Chad Blair.

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17.03.2014

French Air-Traffic Controllers Striking Set to Disrupt Flights

atc3.jpgFrench Air-Traffic Controllers Striking Set to Disrupt Flights

A strike tomorrow by air-traffic controllers across France will result in a reduction of as many as 30 percent of flights at Paris’s airports, the civil aviation authority said.

Several unions representing air-traffic controllers at airports in Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Toulouse have called the one-day strike, the authority said in an e-mailed statement.

At Paris’s Charles de Gaule and Orly airports, 30 percent of flights will be canceled, while at airports in Lyon, Marseille, Nice and Toulouse the reduction will be 20 percent, it said.

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16.03.2014

Air traffic affected by strike at Khartoum airport

khartoum_airport.jpgAir traffic affected by strike at Khartoum airport

 Khartoum International Airport (KIA) has witnessed a state of utter chaos and confusion following a strike by the security personnel which affected scheduled flight arrival and departure times for several hours.

The security staff staged a sit-in for 8 hours and disabled safety devices in protest of the KIA administration’s decision to hire a private company to run the security work at the airport.

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10.03.2014

Another Air India staff strike brewing?

airindia3.jpgAnother Air India staff strike brewing?

There is trouble yet again for the national carrier. And it is brewing within the Air India family. All India Cabin Crew Association has told Headlines Today that they do not rule out striking work in the days to come. AICCA member on condition of anonymity said, "There have been twelve terminations in the last couple of days in Delhi itself. Management says refusal to fly is the reason for the action. But has anyone even bothered to ask on what grounds have the crew refused to fly. The management is painting a false picture. There is rampant corruption in the organisation that is responsible for the present state". The AICCA further states that they are expecting a reply from the MD and if they do not receive a reply then they would be forced to serve strike notice to the management.

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04.03.2014

Ghana - Air Traffic Controllers On Strike...Hundreds Of Travelers Stranded

518125759_215109.jpgGhana - Air Traffic Controllers On Strike...Hundreds Of Travelers Stranded

Ghana Air Traffic Controllers Association (GHATCA), has declared a partial strike action at various airports in the country.

Hundreds of passengers have been stranded at the Kotoka International Airport due to a sit-down strike by Air Traffic Controllers.

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28.02.2014

LOT employees hold strike vote

lot2.jpgLOT employees hold strike vote

Labor unions in Poland’s national air carrier LOT Polish Airlines launched a strike referendum on Thursday. They are protesting against the management’s decision to change remuneration rules.

Pilots’ union spokesperson Maciej Farski told the Polish Press Agency that the vote will be held by all union organizations at the airline. He did not specify what form of strike could be carried out if the vote is in favor of a protest.

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27.02.2014

TWU threatens strike over Qantas job cuts

qantasa380.jpgTWU threatens strike over Qantas job cuts

A major union is threatening strike action after Qantas announced it is axing 5000 jobs over three years.

Transport Workers Union national secretary Tony Sheldon has called on the federal government to meet with the airline to find ways of avoiding the job cuts.

"But if (Treasurer) Joe Hockey's not prepared to do that, then it's industrial action that the workforce should be considering," Mr Sheldon told reporters in Sydney.

"In this country, if the government won't stand up for jobs and for the Australian icon, then we will."

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Air Namibia Braces Itself for a Strike

airnamibia.jpgAir Namibia Braces Itself for a Strike

AIR Namibia is bracing for industrial action by workers after salary negotiations between the parastatal and the Namibia Transport and Allied Workers Union (Natau) reached a deadlock.

The announcement of the deadlock was made by both Air Namibia and Natau.

Air Namibia spokesperson Paulus Nakawa yesterday warned of possible flight and service disruptions if Natau decides to down tools. The workers started voting on Friday and the results of whether they will resort to strike action or not will be known today.

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20.02.2014

Union calls on Frankfurt airport security staff to strike Friday

check.jpgUnion calls on Frankfurt airport security staff to strike Friday

German trade union Verdi has called on security workers at Frankfurt airport to go on strike on Friday in a bid to push for higher pay, a move likely to cause widespread disruption at Europe's third largest hub.

The airport employs around 5,000 people in areas such as security controls, freight checks and airport security and services, Verdi said in a statement on Thursday. The strike will begin at 0100 GMT and run until 2200 GMT, the union said. "We believe this could cause significant disruption," Verdi negotiator Mathias Venema said.

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17.02.2014

Geneva airport shut down due to security incident

Geneva.jpgGeneva airport shut down due to security incident

Authorities have shut down Geneva International Airport due to an unspecified security incident, likely involving an Ethiopian Airlines flight.

Communications from the airport's air traffic control said the situation was in progress early Monday morning, but did not say what it was.

The airlinereleased a statement Monday morning saying that Flight 702, en route to Rome, was forced to land in Geneva.

The plane had taken off from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. It was "forced to proceed" to the Geneva airport, the airline said.

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14.02.2014

Volcanic eruption in Indonesia closes 3 airports

kelud.jpgVolcanic eruption in Indonesia closes 3 airports

 Volcanic ash from a major eruption in Indonesia shrouded a large swath of the country's most densely populated island on Friday and closed three nearby international airports.

Jogyakarta, Solo and Surabaya airports were closed due to reduced visibility and the dangers posed to aircraft engines by ash. Virgin Australia said it had cancelled all its Friday flights to Bali, Phuket, Christmas Island and Cocos Island because of the eruption.

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13.02.2014

Holiday strike for Air France - Transavia pilots

transavia.jpgHoliday strike for Air France - Transavia pilots

A PILOTS’ strike threatens to cause misery for some families planning a trip abroad during the upcoming school holidays. 

The Union of Air France Pilots (SPAF) has called for three days of action between February 22 and 25 over the company’s plans to draft its employees to low-cost subsidiary Transavia, which operates out of Orly. 

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11.02.2014

Fear of airport strikes grow as Dublin Airport Authority staff sanction action

siptu.jpgFear of airport strikes grow as Dublin Airport Authority staff sanction action

Fears of strike action at the country’s main airports rose today after staff at the Dublin Airport Authority sanctioned both industrial and strike action on foot of a long-running pension dispute.

Trade union Siptu balloted staff at the DAA who are members of the Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme (IASS). The defined benefit pension vehicle serves thousands of former and current staff members at the DAA, Aer Lingus and Shannon Airport.

UPDATE: Shannon Airport join airline staff strike

SIPTU members at the Shannon Airport Authority have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action in a dispute over their troubled pension scheme.

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08.02.2014

French Pilots' Union Calls for Work Stoppages

afp.jpgFrench Pilots' Union Calls for Work Stoppages

France's leading pilots' union which represents the pilots of 25 French airlines including the national flag carrier Air France called on its members to stage work stoppages between May 3 and May 30.

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07.02.2014

Thai Airways trims gains as staff plan 'go slow' protest

thai.jpgThai Airways trims gains as staff plan 'go slow' protest

Shares of Thai Airways Pcl trimmed earlier gains on Friday after employees of the national carrier said they plan to "go slow" at work next week and call for its chairman and acting president to resign for running the airline into losses.

About 15,000 staff will take part in the partial strike starting on Monday, which could cause some flight delays, labour union president Damrong Waikanee told Reuters.

UPDATE Febr. 9: Rumours of a strike by Thai Airways employees have been denied  by the Acting President of the airline, Chokchai Panyayong, forcing him to give an explanation –truthful or not- about the airline’s activity. It shows anyway a deep malaise within Thailand’s national carrier…

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05.02.2014

Tiger flights under cloud as pilots threaten action

Tiger-Airways_0.jpgTiger flights under cloud as pilots threaten action

Pilots at Tigerair Australia have threatened to take industrial action on Friday in a dispute which could disrupt flights after negotiations with the budget airline’s management over a new wage agreement stalled.

 

The Australian Federation of Air Pilots has notified Tigerair chief executive Rob Sharp that its members at the airline intend to begin industrial action on Friday morning for an indefinite period.

 

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04.02.2014

Lufthansa pilots to vote on possible strike

luft747.jpgLufthansa pilots to vote on possible strike

 A German union says pilots at the country’s biggest airline, Lufthansa, will vote on whether to go on strike in a long-running pay dispute.

The Vereinigung Cockpit union said Tuesday that it will announce the results of the ballot of about 5,400 pilots at Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo and the company’s budget airline Germanwings on March 21. It said the several-week interval gives the company time to ‘‘correct its course and avoid strikes.’’

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