02.01.2016

Air France staff threaten January strike action

airfranceplane.jpgAir France staff threaten January strike action

UGICT-CGT, the largest of the two unions, has called for a strike on January 28 to protest the job cuts as well as the legal action taken against five employees involved in an October 5 attack on Air France officials after the airline presented its restructuring plan.

The union is also protesting the airline’s plans to spin off some of its operations.
“In 2016 we’re letting nothing go,” the union wrote in its call for action.

UPDATE JAN8: STIKE CANCELLED!

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22.12.2015

Histadrut Union Declares Strike: Ben Gurion Airport To Shut Down

bengurion.jpgHistadrut Union Declares Strike: Ben Gurion Airport To Shut Down

Israel’s largest labor union has called for a strike for Wednesday morning. This comes at one of the busiest times of the year when tens of thousands of Christians come to Israel to celebrate Christmas.

Barring a last minute deal the strike will include workers at Ben Gurion airport, El Al, government offices, hospitals and schools.

The airport has been making plans in advance to allow more than 5000 passengers to depart before the 6:00am deadline.

 

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El Al Pilots Once Again a No-show at Ben-Gurion

elal (2).jpgEl Al Pilots Once Again a No-show at Ben-Gurion

Flights from Ben-Gurion International Airport to New York and Brussels were canceled on Monday after El Al pilots failed to show up, while last minute changes were made for flights to Barcelona.

Pilots failing to show up for flights are nothing new at El Al. Just last week, a flight from Beijing to Tel Aviv was canceled after El Al pilots there took slowdown measures.

While El Al treats these instances as work disruptions, the Histadrut labor federation asserts they are “most likely a technical problem in assigning pilots.”

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21.12.2015

Virgin Atlantic’s Hong Kong crews call strike tomorrow

virginatl.jpgVirgin Atlantic’s Hong Kong crews call strike tomorrow

Hong Kong-based Virgin Atlantic cabin crew will stage a wildcat strike starting tomorrow, in a bid to stave off job losses announced by the British airline last month.

Travellers flying Virgin Atlantic this Christmas are being warned the London flight may not take-off as a result of the industrial action which will start on December 21st until January 1st.

Action is being taken after the company sacked 50 older cabin crew based in Hong Kong in a cost-cutting drive.

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15.12.2015

PIA employees to go on strike

pakistan.jpgPIA employees to go on strike

The Pakistan International Airline employees will hold a strike for three hours everyday, starting from Tuesday, Aaj News reported.

The employees will stage protests outside the airports all over Pakistan.

To protest the privatization of national carrier PIA’s privatization, employees will boycott work from 8:30 am to 11:30 am every day.

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14.12.2015

Chile threatened by airport strike ahead of holidays

chileairport.jpgChile threatened by airport strike ahead of holidays 

Workers tied to Chile's civil aviation authority announced a 48-hour strike for Thursday and Friday this week, potentially causing airport chaos just as the country gears up for the Christmas holidays.

In September, a 24-hour strike stranded thousands of passengers and led to long lines at airports, after a majority of workers affiliated with the DGAC, or civil aviation authority, went on strike to demand improved benefits and working conditions.

After two months of negotiations, DGAC workers, which includes air traffic controllers, said on Monday that they had rejected the government's proposal for a state subsidy to improve their pensions.

"The workers agreed to go on strike for 48 hours on Thursday and Friday," union head Jose Perez told Reuters.

"Unless there is an improvement in the government offer very soon, the stoppage will go ahead," he said.

UPDATE: Chile's airports to resume normal operations as strike ends

Chile's Defence Minister said the government and workers tied to the civil aviation authority reached an agreement Sunday, ending a four-day strike that forced airlines to cancel hundreds of flights and left thousands of passengers stranded.

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23.11.2015

Lufthansa Facing Another Strike This Week

lufthansacrew.jpgLufthansa Facing Another Strike This Week

Germany's largest airline, Lufthansa is facing another strike this week in an ongoing labor dispute with flight attendants.

The cabin crew union UFO said Monday that it would walk out Thursday, Friday and also Monday as it presses its demands, the dpa news agency reported.

UPDATE: Lufthansa cabin crew union calls off this week's strike

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18.11.2015

Polish national airline to strike on Thursday

lot2.jpgPolish national airline to strike on Thursday

A two-hour warning strike to take place between 6:30 and 8:30 am on Thursday was announced last week. The strike was announced by the Union of Cabin Crew and Aviation (which brings together more than 600 people). The chairperson of the Union, Grzegorz Włodek, said that the protest will cause delays in departures, most of them at around 7:00 am. - See more at: http://www.thenews.pl/1/12/Artykul/229241,Polish-national-airline-to-strike-on-Thursday#sthash.FiaDggaL.dpuf

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13.11.2015

Possible Italian and French Air Traffic strike.

atc3.jpgPossible Italian and French Air Traffic strike.

Maybe there will be a French Air Traffic strike starting on the 17th of November and there has been a call for an Italian National Strike, including Air Traffic personnel on 24th November 2015 from 1200-1600 UTC.

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Greek Workers Strike Against Austerity

greeks_dancing.jpgGreek Workers Strike Against Austerity

Police and demonstrators clashed briefly on Thursday during a rally held by labor unions to mark a 24-hour general strike to protest austerity measures imposed under Greece’s international bailout.

The strike, which disrupted hospital, public transport, air traffic, tax offices and other operations, is the first major union action faced by the governing Syriza party, a left-wing group that vowed to end austerity but has had to accept creditors’ demands to keep the euro.

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04.11.2015

692 Flights Cancelled as Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport Remains Closed

bali.jpg692 Flights Cancelled as Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport Remains Closed

As many as 692 domestic and international flights bound for Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport have been cancelled between Tuesday and Thursday, November 3-5, due to the eruption of Mount Barujari in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara.

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03.11.2015

PIA pilots may again go on strike to press for demands

pakistan.jpgPIA pilots may again go on strike to press for demand

LAHORE - PIA pilots are likely to go on strike once again to press for their demands stating that things can go worse than before, said sources in the airline while talking to this scribe yesterday.
It merits mentioning here that a couple of weeks back pilots had gone on strike in favour of their demands due to which most of the planes of PIA were grounded.
Pakistan Airlines Pilots Association (PALPA) is going to meet on Tuesday (today) at Karachi to chalk out the strategy of future regarding frosty attitude of PIA management towards their demands, said an office-bearer of PALPA. 

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Australian Airport strike to cause traveller chaos

australia.jpgAustralian Airport strike to cause traveller chaos

Travellers trying to enter or leave Australia on Monday face massive delays as passport handlers prepare to strike for 24 hours.

Thousands of Border Force officers will strike at international airports, seaports and mail centres next week over a pay offer they say will leave them at least $8000 a year worse off.

Additional industrial action is also planned for Wednesday this week with the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) moving to enforce limited work bans at air and freight ports and mail centres.

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02.11.2015

German Airline Lufthansa's Cabin Crew to Strike for 1 Week

lufthansa.jpgGerman Airline Lufthansa's Cabin Crew to Strike for 1 Week

A union representing cabin crew for Lufthansa says its members will go on strike for one week in a contract dispute with the airline, Germany's largest.

German news agency dpa quoted the head of the cabin crew union Ufo, Nicoley Baublies, saying Monday that the strike would run from this Friday to Nov. 13. He says an announcement about which flights would be affected will be made closer to the date.

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08.10.2015

Baggage scanners plan further weekend strike at Stansted Airport

stansted.jpgBaggage scanners plan further weekend strike at Stansted Airport

GMB members who operate the security scanners for checked in luggage at Stansted Airport will take further strike action this weekend.

Around 30 employees are expected to take industrial action on Saturday, October 10, and on Sunday October 11 in a dispute over pay.

The strike begins at 3.45am on Saturday and continues until 1.45pm on Sunday.

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PIA pilots union suspends strike for two days, flight operations resume

pakistan.jpgPIA pilots union suspends strike for two days, flight operations resume

Pakistan International Airlines was able to resume its normal operations on Wednesday, almost five days after a tense standoff with the Pakistan Airline Pilots Association (PALPA), after the pilots’ union announced that it was calling off its protest until Friday following the Senate’s standing committee’s assurance that their just demands would be considered by the government.

“We have decided to honour the words of the Senate’s standing committee and its Chairman Senator Talha Mahmood and called off our protest till Friday.

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24.09.2015

Perth airport strike looms ahead of AFL GF

afl.jpgPerth airport strike looms ahead of AFL GF

PERTH airport workers are refusing to rule out a strike over the AFL grand final weekend as a wage dispute with oil giant Shell continues.

AIRCRAFT refuellers unanimously voted to take protected industrial action against employer ZIP Airport Services, owned by Shell, in a secret ballot earlier this week.

Transport Workers Union of Australia state secretary Tim Dawson said members were now considering when they would strike, and refused to rule out the possibility of industrial action falling on grand final weekend.

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Vanuatu airport workers threaten to strike

vanutuairport.jpgVanuatu airport workers threaten to strike

Workers at Vanuatu's airports have threatened to go on strike over a lack of continuity in senior management.

The National Workers Union have issued a one-month notice that all members at Airports Vanuatu Limited are preparing to walk off the job.

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17.09.2015

Australian airport delays expected as immigration, border protection strike.

australia.jpgAustralian airport delays expected as immigration, border protection strike over pay and conditions.

Delays are expected at airports around the country as Immigration and Border Protection staff strike over pay and conditions.

The strikes, which include Border Force employees, began at international airports in Cairns, Perth and Darwin on Wednesday and will continue until Friday.

The four-hour work stoppages have been taking place in the early mornings and evenings.

Another round of walk-offs is scheduled in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane from Monday. Times for next week's strikes have not yet been set.

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16.09.2015

Chile airports strike grounds tens of thousands

chileairport.jpgChile airports strike grounds tens of thousands

Airport workers staged a 24-hour strike Tuesday in Chile, grounding flights across the country and disrupting travel plans for an estimated 70,000 passengers.

"The situation at the airports is calm despite (the strike), which affects 100 percent of our airports, where departure operations have been cancelled," said the director general of the civil aviation authority, Maximiliano Larraechea.

He told journalists that airports would only handle arriving flights and emergency air traffic.

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15.09.2015

Finnair: Strike to affect thousands of travellers

FINNAIR.jpgFinnair: Strike to affect thousands of travellers

A nationwide demonstration organised by employee unions against government cuts to Sunday pay supplements, sick leave benefits and holiday pay will also affect workers in the Finnish air travel industry and will affect "thousands of travelers," national airline Finnair said in a statement.

What appears to be certain is that there will be no air traffic from Finnish airports between the hours of 11 am and 1 pm on Friday. Some 13 Finnair flights will be cancelled due to the strike.

Finnair said that passengers should expect delays that could last into the weekend.

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Spanish air traffic controllers call new strikes

atc3.jpgSpanish air traffic controllers call new strikes

Spanish air traffic controllers will restart partial strikes in the coming weeks in protest against sanctions imposed by airport authorities on some staff, unions said on Monday.

Controllers will strike between 0600 CET and 1800 CET (0400 GMT to 1600 GMT) on Sept. 26 and Oct. 3, the USCA union said in a statement. It had suspended industrial action in August, one of the busiest months for tourist arrivals.

update: Spanish air traffic controllers have called off a new 12-hour stoppage planned for October 3

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08.09.2015

Stansted airport security workers vote for fresh strike action

stansted.jpgStansted airport security workers vote for fresh strike action

AIRPORT workers have voted to strike in a dispute over pay.

Up to 30 GMB union members who operate the security scanners at Stansted Airport will walk out at the weekend.

They want a 3 per cent pay rise and have rejected the company’s 1.5 per cent offer.

The first strike will take place on Saturday, September 12, from 3.45am until 23.59pm, the second will happen from 3.45am until 1pm on Sunday, September 13.

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02.09.2015

Lufthansa Pilots' union threatens renewed strikes

lufthansacrew.jpgLufthansa Pilots' union threatens renewed strikes.

Pilots union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) threatened renewed strike action at Lufthansa , saying the German flag carrier had rejected its offer of concessions in a long-running dispute that has cost the airline hundreds of millions of euros.

Walkouts could start any time and could hit Lufthansa, its cargo arm Lufthansa Cargo and its budget carrier Germanwings, VC said in a statement on Wednesday.

Lufthansa denied it had turned down the offer and said it regretted that VC had declared the negotiations a failure. "We hope that talks can resume," a spokesman for Lufthansa said.

UPDATE SEP 7: Deutsche Lufthansa pilots are set to go on strike Tuesday after the German airline's executive board rejected a proposal from trade union Vereinigung Cockpit last week, the union said Monday.

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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. 

The strike will affect Menzies Barcelona-El Prat on 6th , 7th , 13th , 14th , 20th , 21st , 27th  and 28th  September, also in two time bands: from 10.00 to 12.00 and from 18.00 to 20.00 local time. In Málagaairport, the strike is called for dates 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th September between 8.00 and 12.00 hours and from 18.00 to 21.00; on 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th September the time bands affected are from 8.00 to 11.00 and from 20.00 to 23.00. InAlicante and Palma de Mallorca, the strike will be held on 7th , 9th , 14th , 16th , 21st , 23rd , 28th  and 30th  September, from 10.00 to 14.00 and from 16.00 to 20.00.

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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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