31.07.2015

Greek ATC strike on Wednesday August 5.

greeks_dancing.jpgGreek Air Traffic Controllers strike on Wednesday August 5.

The Greek Air Traffic Controllers Association (GATCA) regrets to announce a 4hour premonitory strike on August 5, 2015 between 14:00 – 18:00 local time (GMT +3) expecting from the government the initiation of the legal process for the creation of an independent and sustainable Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) in accordance with the provisions of the relevant EU legislation and best practices, as discussed and promised in the recent past.

We sincerely hope that the government, within the context of the reforms in the public sector, will respond accordingly otherwise we shall be forced to continue with industrial actions within August.  

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30.07.2015

Brussels airport security will work to rule on Monday

brussels.jpgBrussels airport security will work to rule on Monday.

Brussels Airport's e-gates suffer embarrassing glitch. Two Unions decide to begin to work to rule, starting Monday.

Long waiting lines are expected.

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29.07.2015

Flights from Rome airport suspended due to brush fire nearby

CLFc89cUAAA5qXN.jpgFlights from Rome airport suspended due to brush fire nearby

Departures from Rome’s Fiumicino airport were suspended on Wednesday because of smoke from a firenearby.

The fire was burning in a forest of pine trees near the airport, pictures posted on the internet showed.

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26.07.2015

Keep Europe’s Skies Open

unionrights_graphicl.jpgKeep Europe’s Skies Open

Keep Europe’s Skies Open is an online petition established by Ryanair to prevent Europe’s consumers from having their travel plans and holidays cancelled by tiny groups of Air Traffic Control (ATC) unions going on strike and closing the skies over Europe.

Read all on: http://www.keepeuropesskiesopen.com/

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23.07.2015

Alitalia pilots set for 24-hour strike

alitalia.jpgAlitalia pilots set for 24-hour strike

Alitalia pilots and flight attendants will stage a one-day strike from midnight on Thursday after the flagship airline refused to sign an agreement promising to maintain staff levels.

Alitalia flights to and from airports across Italy, apart from Venice and Bologna, will be affected,

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14.07.2015

Air Traffic Controllers in Romania To Go on 2-Hour Strike Wednesday Noon

atc3.jpgAir Traffic Controllers in Romania To Go on 2-Hour Strike Wednesday Noon

Air traffic controllers in Romania plan to hold a two-hour warning strike on Wednesday.

The strike will be held between 11:00 and 13:00 on Wednesday.

Talks between theair traffic controllers’ union and the management of Romania’s Air Traffic Services Administration (ROMATSA) on a new collective labor agreement collapsed on Monday, according to local news portal ziare.com.

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10.07.2015

Indonesian volcano ash closes 5 airports

1436476166359.jpgIndonesian volcano ash closes 5 airports

Ash drifting from an Indonesian volcano closed five airports on Friday, including the one on the holiday island of Bali, causing about 250 flights to be cancelled and stranding thousands of holidaymakers.

The international airport on popular Lombok island was also among those closed late Thursday as Mount Raung in East Java province spewed clouds of ash, transport ministry spokesman J.A. Barata said.

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09.07.2015

Czech Airlines flight attendants voting on strike

csa.jpgCzech Airlines flight attendants voting on strike

Flight attendants at Czech Airlines (ČSA) have started to vote on calling of strike for raising wages after their February cut, flight crew trade union (OOPL) leader Petra Posová told the Czech News Agency.

Wages of some flight attendants and pilots sank by up to 40 percent in February. The vote will last for two weeks.

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06.07.2015

More strikes loom at Lufthansa after talks with pilots fail

luft747.jpgMore strikes loom at Lufthansa after talks with pilots fail

Talks between Lufthansa and pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit  about taking a pay dispute to mediation have failed, raising the prospect of strikes at the height of the summer travel season, the union said on Monday.

Lufthansa and its pilots have been trying to agree a mediation process to end a long-running pay dispute, which has already caused more than a dozen pilot strikes since April 2014.The VC union said Lufthansa had not wanted to discuss all disputed topics and that an agreement to hold off on strikes until the end of July was no longer valid.

"A new escalation of the dispute has therefore become more likely," the union said in a statement.

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05.07.2015

Summer holiday plans could be ruined by easyJet cabin crew strike

easyjet.jpgSummer holiday plans could be ruined by easyJet cabin crew strike

Holidaymakers planning a trip with EasyJet could be facing misery this summer.

More than 2,000 workers at the budget airline are set to walk out in a row over pay

The strike – the first by British-based easyJet crew – is likely to take place next month.

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03.07.2015

Danish unions: Ryanair strike from July 18

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Danish unions: Ryanair strike from July 18

The Danish unions have now formally announced their intent to initiate a strike against Ryanair starting July 18, following yesterday's ruling from the Danish Labour Court allowing them to take 'industrial action' against the airline.

 

Update july 8: Swedish unions have announced plans to join a Danish strike against Ryanair which could see the budget airline pull out of Scandinavia's biggest airport.

Update July 10: Ryanair shuts Copenhagen base to avoid strike

Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair on Friday announced the closure of a recently opened base in Copenhagen to avoid a strike by Danish unions, but said it would continue to fly from the airport.

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30.06.2015

Spanish Air Traffic Controllers Announce More Strike Action

atc3.jpgSpanish Air Traffic Controllers Announce More Strike Action To Affect Flights On Two Weekends In July

Spanish air traffic controllers have announced more industrial action for two weekends in July, following partial stoppages over four days in June.

Next month, controllers say they will carry out more partial stoppages from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 11 and Saturday, July 25, and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 12 and Sunday, July 26.

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New French ATC strike action looms

atc.jpgNew French ATC strike action looms

A two-day strike from French air traffic control (ATC) staff over working conditions is set to begin on Thursday (July 2). The strikes, the second this year in France following action in April, could lead to thousands of flight disruptions and cancellations across the country. 

UPDATE: French air traffic controllers call off strike.

Relief for air passengers on Wednesday as French air traffic controllers called off a planned two-day strike that was set to cause travel chaos across Europe on Thursday and Friday.

 

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24.06.2015

Public sector strikes to affect Melbourne airport.

melbourne.jpgPublic sector strikes to affect Melbourne airport.

Victorians should expect disruptions to government services including Medicare, Centrelink and the state's international airport when public sector workers walk off the job for four hours.

Government agencies taking part in the strike include Agriculture, Customs and Immigration, Education, Employment, Environment, Human Services, Veterans' Affairs, Australian Tax Office and the Bureau of Meteorology, among others.

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Paraguayan Government Threatens to Declare Illegal an Airport Strike

paraguay.jpgParaguayan Government Threatens to Declare Illegal an Airport Strike

Paraguayan Government threatened today to declare illegal the airport strike planned for tomorrow and said that the law can be used to make massive layoffs.

The official position was announced by the Ministry of Labour after the negotiations failure with the sector unions. In the negotiations participated the administration of the main international airport, located in this capital.

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Striking Air Madagascar workers vow to push on with action

air madagascar.jpgStriking Air Madagascar workers vow to push on with action

A strike by some workers at Air Madagascar that has grounded most of the state-owned carrier's fleet neared one week, with union officials saying it would continue until the airline addresses their demands.

Last Thursday, strike leader Rado Rabarilala said the action was mostly over what he called poor governance and mismanagement at the airline, which serves 14 cities on the island and 13 foreign destinations.

 
 

"The strike will continue until we get something concrete," Rabarilala told reporters late on Tuesday.

 

Haja Raelison, the airline's chief executive, said if the strike continued, the airline would be unable to pay its bills.

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Ben Gurion baggage handlers disrupt flights

bengurion.jpgBen Gurion baggage handlers disrupt flights

Flights are being disrupted at Ben Gurion Airport: baggage is not being loaded or unloaded.

The reason, according to the Israel Airports Authority workers committee, lies in a temporary shortage of manpower, and not in any labor sanctions.

"Unfortunately, the management did not get ready in advance to take on more manpower before the rise in passenger numbers in the summer months. We call on the management to solve the manpower shortage problem immediately and prevent passengers being harmed," the committee said.

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23.06.2015

French air traffic controllers call for strike

atc.jpgFrench air traffic controllers call for strike

Air traffic controllers announced on Tuesday that they will hold a two-day strike early next month to protest their wages.

Just as striking French sailors caused cross-Channel travel chaos around Calais, unions representing the country's air traffic controllers have called for a strike on July 2nd and 3rd.

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22.06.2015

Lufthansa Faces Summer of Strikes by Cabin Crew

lufthansacrew.jpgLufthansa Faces Summer of Strikes by Cabin Crew

Lufthansa Airlines faces as many as two and a half months of strikes by its flight attendants after management and the UFO cabin crew union failed to reach a settlement over pay and retirement benefits. The union has set a deadline of June 30 to reach a pact before limited strike action begins on July 1.

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11.06.2015

Aberdeen Airport staff vote for strike action in run up to summer holidays

aberdeenairport.jpgAberdeen Airport staff vote for strike action in run up to summer holidays

Aberdeen International Airport is thought to be facing disruption early next week after staff members voted on strike action over a pay dispute. Thirty-two employees could stage a 24-hour walkout from 4am on Monday, while June 22, June 29, and July 6 have also been earmarked for possible “no shows”. The strike action involves security officers, electricians and firefighters who were balloted by the Unite union.

They have also been encouraged to take part in take part in shorter bursts of strike action, withholding their labour for the first two hours of their shifts.

The airport has advised passengers to check its website for updates.

UPDATE June 12: Strike planned for Aberdeen International Airport (AIA) early next week has been called off.

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28.05.2015

Ryanair Ground Crew At Madrid Call Indefinite Strike

ryanair2.jpgRyanair Ground Crew At Madrid Call Indefinite Strike

Ground staff handling Ryanair flights in Madrid have called an indefinite strike at the airport of Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas starting on Saturday 30th May in protest at what the trades unions refer to as "the working conditions, abuses and threats to which they are subjected".

The company says flights will continue as normal.

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27.05.2015

Holiday flight chaos as Spanish air traffic controllers plan four days of walkouts

spain.jpgHoliday flight chaos as Spanish air traffic controllers plan four days of walkouts

Spanish air traffic controllers have announced four days of walkouts as a protest at the treatment of colleagues in Barcelona.

The two-hour stoppages are planned for June 8, 10, 12 and 14.

They are scheduled to take place in the morning and afternoon on the four strike days.

UPDATE June 4: THE Public Works and Development Ministry has ordered a minimum service of 70 per cent during strikes called by air traffic controllers in Spain this month. Enaire controllers will be striking between 10am and noon and 6pm and 8pm on June 8, 10, 12 and 14 to protest over a decision by Enaire company, which is part of Aena airport authorities and controlled by the ministry, to punish 61 controllers from the Barcelona Control Centre for closing air space in 2010 and its refusal to reinstate one of the workers.

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Belgian airspace closed after technical issue

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Belgian airspace closed after technical issue

Belgian airspace was closed on Wednesday morning due to a technical problem at air traffic controller Belgocontrol, European air traffic authority Eurocontrol said.

 

"Brussels flight information region is closed,  - electrical failure," Eurocontrol said on Twitter.

See: http://www.brusselsairport.be/en/

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26.05.2015

Pay strikes halt flights at Libya’s main airports

tripoli.jpgPay strikes halt flights at Libya’s main airports

Libya’s three main airports cancelled flights on Tuesday morning because of strikes by ground staff complaining they have not been paid for two months, airport officials said.

Flights at Tripoli and Labraq were due to resume on Tuesday afternoon but Mohamed al-Ayab, one of the protesters at Misrata airport, said more strikes would happen throughout the week until their demands had been met.

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24.05.2015

Greece: civil aviation staff to hold strike on May 31-June 1

greeks_dancing.jpgGreece: civil aviation staff to hold strike on May 31-June 1

The Greek Federation of Civil Aviation Authority Unions (OSYPA), which does not include air-traffic controllers, on Friday called a 48-hour strike for May 31 and June 1, a walkout that could cause disruption for those travelling over the Whit Monday long weekend. It remained unclear whether domestic and international flights would be cancelled as air-traffic controllers have not indicated that they will join the action. 

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Nigerian airlines cancel flights amid fuel crisis

fuel2.jpgNigerian airlines cancel flights amid fuel crisis

Nigerian airlines grounded flights Saturday and radio stations were silenced as a months-long fuel shortage aggravated by striking oil tanker drivers worsened in Africa's biggest oil producer.

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Alitalia Pilots and Stewards Going on Strike Monday

alitaliasmile.jpgAlitalia Pilots and Stewards Going on Strike Monday

Travel headaches may abound at airports across Italy on Monday when Alitalia pilots and stewards who are members of the ANPAC union conduct a 24-hour strike that will result in flight cancellations. 

In a statement, the flagship Italian airline called the forced flight cancellations “disrespectful” in light of the fire that occurred in Rome’s airport two weeks ago, which is still causing air travel disruptions. The carrier added that the layoff threat is false, and these issues have already been resolved with other unions that represent most of their pilots and flight attendants.

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20.05.2015

SAS: Negotiations with the Pilots’ Unions in Final Phase

SAS.jpgSAS: Negotiations with the Pilots’ Unions in Final Phase

SAS is in the final negotiations with the Swedish pilot union SPF and the Norwegian pilot union NSF. SAS’ firm intention is to reach an agreement in the negotiations, but in case of a possible industrial action passengers will be mostly affected in Sweden from May 21.

SAS has currently signed new Scandinavian collective bargain agreements with over half of the SAS pilots. Negotiations are now underway with the assistance of mediation with the Norwegian pilot union NSF and the Swedish pilot union SPF. Both unions have announced a strike from Thursday May 21 if no agreement is reached.

In order to avoid that travelers and co-workers become stranded during an eventual strike, SAS takes precautions and cancels about 110 flights tonight and tomorrow May 21.

UPDATE: Strike among pilots at Scandinavian airline SAS ends 

 

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Cathay Pacific flight attendants plan August strike

cathaycrew.jpgCathay Pacific flight attendants plan August strike

Cathay Pacific flight attendants are stepping up their industrial action to protest cuts in salaries and benefits for cabin staff, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Wednesday.

They are planning a strike for the end of August after a 41-hour sit-in at the arrival hall of Hong Kong airport.
More than 600 members of the flight attendants’ union took part in the protest.

UPDATE May 29: Cathay’s cabin crew call off strike

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19.05.2015

Strike warning from Slovenia's Adria’s cabin crew

adriacabin.jpgStrike warning from Slovenia's Adria’s cabin crew.

Adria’s cabin crew said it plans to go on strike on June 1. The Cabin Crew Union notes the airline’s management has failed to respond to warnings regarding a number of workplace violations. For its part, the carrier says it will review the strike demands in the coming days and remains hopeful the action can be averted.

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