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had not wanted to discuss all disputed topics and that an agreement to hold off on strikes until the end of July was no longer valid.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.

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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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12.05.2015

Belgium Air traffic controllers threaten to strike in June

atc3.jpgBelgium Air traffic controllers threaten to strike in June

The Christian Air Traffic Controllers Union ACV Transcom has said that it is considering going on strike next month. This is against what it describes as 'unrealistic savings' that the Federal Government is asking the air traffic control authority Belgocontrol to make. ACV Transcom says that it intends to meet with unions from a number of other European countries next week to decide whether to take industrial action.

Air traffic controllers went on strike twice for two hours at the end of June last year, much to the annoyance of holidaymakers and business travelers. The union is in favour of coordinated action with air traffic control unions from Germany, France, the Netherlands, Luxemburg and Switzerland. Whether any action will be taken will be decided on at a meeting of union representatives of all six countries on 18 May.

UPDATE MAY 20, European air traffic controllers call of strikes against European Union reforms in the sector, for now 

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09.05.2015

Risk of SAS pilot strikes in Sweden and Norway

SAS.jpgRisk of SAS pilot strikes in Sweden and Norway

SAS is having staff problems in both Sweden and Norway, Jyllands-Posten reports.

Negotiations between SAS and the company’s pilots in Sweden have broken down and the pilots have warned of strike action from May 21.

There is also the risk of industrial action from the company’s Norwegian pilots, following a breakdown in negotiations yesterday for a Norwegian collective working conditions agreement.

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07.05.2015

Aer Lingus cabin crew ballot for strike action over roster row

aer lingus crew.jpgAer Lingus cabin crew ballot for strike action over roster row

Aer Lingus cabin crew are balloting for strike action in a row over rosters which triggered a stoppage at the airline last year. 

The move comes as the Government is considering whether to sell its 25% stake in the airline to IAG, though it is understood that the takeover bid is not on the agenda for tomorrow's cabinet meeting. 

The IMPACT trade union, which represents most cabin crew, has issued ballot papers to members outlining a number of grievances which will trigger industrial action if not addressed by management. 

The ballot is expected to take three weeks.

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Rome airport closed after terminal fire

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Rome’s main airport was closed on Thursday after a fire broke out in a baggage storage area but there were no serious injuries, officials said.

The airport would remain closed until 2 p.m. (1200 GMT), they said.

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29.04.2015

Soon airline pilots, engineers may lose right to go on strike

india.jpgIndia - New Delhi - Soon airline pilots, engineers may lose right to go on strike

To ensure that airline pilots and engineers don’t hold passengers to ransom by proceeding on strikes and leaving travelers in the lurch, the aviation ministry has moved a proposal to remove them from the “workmen category”.

Removing their workmen status would mean that pilots and engineers cannot form trade unions or go on strikes.

“The proposal has been sent to the labour and law ministries. This would need the labour ministries’ approval as the Industrial Disputes Act would have to be amended and the definition of workmen would have to be changed to exclude pilots and engineers,” said a senior aviation ministry official.

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TAP employees to peacefully protest pilots' strike

tapcres.jpgTAP employees to peacefully protest pilots' strike

TAP employees on Tuesday planned a peaceful protest at Lisbon's Portela airport to show their discontent at an upcoming strike staged by the airline's pilots.

"It's very important for the syndicate of pilots to know that there are people, outside their small world, who are completely against such senselessness," spokesperson of employees against the strike Fernando Santos said in an email sent to employees Tuesday morning, according to local media.

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Cathay cabin crew threaten summer strike over pay, allowances

cathaycrew.jpgCathay cabin crew threaten summer strike over pay, allowances

The Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants Union has warned that it may launch a massive strike if the carrier’s management does not resolve grievances over meal allowances and new employment contracts.

Union chairwoman Dora Lai said industrial action will take place in the summer if the management fails to address the staff concerns by then.

As the union does not want to cause inconvenience to the travelling public, it is giving enough time to the management to sort out the issues, she said.

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24.04.2015

Flights cancelled as ash cloud pours from Chile volcano


Flights cancelled as ash cloud pours from Chile volcano

An ash cloud from the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile that erupted unexpectedly on Wednesday was blowing into Chile and Argentina on Thursday, forcing the cancellation of flights from nearby cities in both countries and blanketing residents in ash.

 

The volcano, which last had a major eruption in 1961, has belched a spectacular plume of ash and smoke around 15 kilometers (9 miles) into the sky near the popular tourist town of Puerto Varas, some 1,000 kilometers (625 miles) south of Santiago.

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