30.08.2015

Air India pilots’ union to hold secret ballot on strike

airindia2.jpgAir India pilots’ union to hold secret ballot on strike

State-run Air India Ltd may see turbulence ahead as one of its pilot unions is all set to roll out a secret ballot, starting on Monday, on whether to declare a strike at India’s oldest airline.

In a letter dated 28 August, the Indian Commercial Pilots’ Association (ICPA) told its members that “the central executive committee is of the strong judgement to declare strike”, adding that “a secret ballot is called for this purpose from 31 August to 6 September for a mandate as the Constitution of ICPA”.

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28.08.2015

Ben Gurion airport workers to strike Sunday morning

bengurion.jpgBen Gurion airport workers to strike Sunday morning

The Israel Airports Authority workers committee will hold a two hour strike at Ben Gurion airport on Sunday morning between 10 am and midday. Flights to and from the airport will be halted by the workers in an act of solidarity with Israel Broadcasting Authority employees who are threatened with layoffs.

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Groundforce Portugal handlers strike at end of month

GROUNDFORCE.jpgGroundforce Portugal handlers strike at end of month.

Workers for airport ground handling company Groundforce have submitted a pre-warning of strike action to be held at the end of this month, on 29 and 30 August.

The union representing Groundforce’s workers said the action will involve employees and human resource companies that work for it.

Groundforce provides services to over 150 airline companies at the airports in Lisbon, Porto, Funchal and Porto Santo.

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27.08.2015

Holiday HELL as Spanish airport workers announce September strikes

spain.jpgHoliday HELL as Spanish airport workers announce September strikes

 

Spanish airport handlers have called a strike targeting top tourist hotspots in the country.
Three unions representing the workers have announced four stoppages starting next Friday.

They'll take place at Madrid airport on September 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 4.30am to 7.30am and again from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
Strikes have also been called at Barcelona, Alicante, Malaga and Majorca's Palma airport.

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The Pakistan Airline Pilots’ Association is seriously considering going on a strike.

pakistan.jpgThe Pakistan Airline Pilots’ Association is seriously considering going on a strike.

The Pakistan Airline Pilots’ Association (PALPA) is seriously considering going on a strike if the management of the national airline continues to implement its plan of putting pilots on contract basis.

 

Converting pilots’ jobs into a contract is not only a safety risk for flying community but will also put the pilots in distress, the organization said, “We have decided to go on a strike if the management refuses to consult us on the contracts issue.”

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25.08.2015

Flight attendants at Czech airline CSA to go on 3-day strike

csa.jpgFlight attendants at Czech airline CSA to go on 3-day strike

Flight attendants at the Czech national carrier CSA will go on a three-day strike over low pay.

The cabin crew union says the strike begins Wednesday. It did not say, however, how many flight attendants are expected to participate in the strike and how many flights will be affected.

 CSA said in a statement Monday that it considers the strike illegal and is taking measures to prevent flight cancellations. Details of the plan were not given.

 

UPDATE:Court: ČSA flight attendants’ strike unlawful

The strike planned by Czech Airlines’ (ČSA) flight attendants for Aug 26–28 is unlawful, the Prague City Court said today to explain its preliminary injunction by which it halted the strike.

The three-day strike of national air carrier Czech Airlines' (ČSA) flight attendants will most likely be postponed from the originally planned date of Aug 26–28 due to a court injunction, Tereza Löffelmannová of flight attendants' trade union OOPL said on the public broadcaster Czech Television (ČT) last night.

 

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Flight controllers in Romania to go on general strike next week

romatsa.jpgFlight controllers in Romania to go on general strike next week

Romanian flight controllers announced they would go on a general strike starting September 1, if their 14 claims were not solved. They said their problems involved “life and death” issues and relate to the passengers’ safety.

The union leaders from Romania’s Air Traffic Services Administration – ROMATSA met on Monday with the Transport Minister Iulian Matache, but the discussions had no result

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18.08.2015

Stansted could face chaos as luggage scanners announce a bank holiday strike

stanstedwelcome.jpgStansted could face chaos as luggage scanners announce a bank holiday strike  

Anyone hoping to make the most of the end of the summer could face bank holiday misery after it was revealed staff at Stansted Airport are gearing up to strike over a pay dispute.

The workers, who operate the security scanners for luggage at Stansted airport, have rejected a 1.5 per cent pay rise offer. 

The strikers, who are all members of the GMB union, intend to take industrial action on August 23 and on Bank Holiday Monday.

The industrial action on Sunday 23rd will take place from 3.45am to 1.00 pm and also on Monday 31 between 3.45am to 11.59pm.

 

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14.08.2015

Baggage handlers’ strike could cause chaos at Malaga airport

malaga.jpgBaggage handlers’ strike could cause chaos at Malaga airport

IBERIA baggage handlers at Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport have been called out on strike on August 21 and 28 by the UGT trade union.

Airlines which could be affected by the announced strikes include Iberia, Vueling, Tui Group, British Airways and Turkish Airlines.

The union explained that it felt forced to call the strike in protest as more than 10 per cent of staff were off sick and regardless of the hectic rhythm of work at the busy airport, nobody had been taken on to cover leaves.

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05.08.2015

Spanish air traffic controllers could strike again in September

atc3.jpgSpanish air traffic controllers could strike again in September

 Spanish air traffic controllers will suspend strikes in August to avoid disruptions in one of the busiest months for tourist arrivals, but could resume them in September, unions said on Monday.

Controllers held four days of partial strikes in June and July in protest against sanctions by airport operator Aena on 61 air controllers in Barcelona.

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Bali flights disrupted by erupting volcano again

balinew2_3373338b.jpgBali flights disrupted by erupting volcano again

Flights in and out of Bali run by Virgin Australia and Jetstar have been cancelled today due to further disruptions caused by a volcanic ash cloud.

While other services, for example with Emirates, KLM, Korean Air and national airline Garuda are still operating, Virgin said the eruption and unfavourable winds made for unsuitable flying conditions on Wednesday morning and urged customers in Bali not to travel to Denpasar airport until they had a confirmed rebooking.

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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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