Strike at Belfast International Airport

swissport.jpgStrike at Belfast International Airport

Swissport workers are to go on strike at Belfast International Airport.

The four-hour walkout will take place from 4am next Monday and follows a 94% vote for industrial action in a recent ballot conducted by Unison.

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Pilots of Lufthansa subsidiary Germanwings to strike

germanwings.jpgPilots of Lufthansa subsidiary Germanwings to strike

Pilots of the Lufthansa subsidiary Germanwings are to strike on Friday in pursuit of their demands for better early retirement provisions, their union announced on Thursday.

The pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit said in a statement it is "planning... strikes for all Germanwings flights departing from all German airports between 6:00 am and midday" (0400-1000 GMT).

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Protests hit Argentina ahead of national strike

Argentina-protests-008.jpgProtests hit Argentina ahead of national strike

Argentine workers began picketing and blocking roads Wednesday ahead of a 24-hour national strike Thursday to demand higher wages and tax breaks in a country that is experincing one of the world’s fastest rising inflation rates.

The strike will ground air traffic, subways and trains and shut down banks, cargo transport, gas stations, ports, restaurants, trash collection, hospitals and schools.

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Air France pilots threaten strike

airfranceplane.jpgAir France pilots threaten strike

AIR FRANCE pilots are set to strike next month in an ongoing dispute over reorganisation plans for the company. 

The National Union of Pilots (SNPL) yesterday promised that it would file notice of its members’ intention to strike on Thursday. 

Jean-Louis Barber, president of SNPL France Alpa said: “We will file a notice on Thursday… because the threat to our jobs is too great.” - See more at: http://www.connexionfrance.com/france-air-klm-snpl-pilots-strike-threat-reotganisation-plan-dispute-16123-view-article.html#sthash.ZnYeLQp9.dpuf

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Lufthansa talks fail, pilots threaten strike at height of holidays

luft747.jpgLufthansa talks fail, pilots threaten strike at height of holidays

Pilots for German airline Lufthansa announced their imminent intent to strike, at the peak of the European summer holidays, after declaring contract talks at an impasse.

The most recent work stoppage in April cause 90 per cent of Lufthansa flights to be cancelled, and the airline said its losses were in the tens of millions of dollars.

Current talks with the company over pension issues have failed, the pilots‘ union said. A union spokesman said stoppages could begin immediately, but promised to give enough notice to avoid leaving passengers stranded at airports.

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Chaos in Milos Airport due to Traffic Controller’s Sickness

milos-airport660.pngChaos in Milos Airport due to Traffic Controller’s Sickness

At the peak of the tourist season, when a record number of tourists have arrived in Greece, an unexpected problem ruined the good image of the Greek island of Milos.

On August 20, the morning flights from the island to Athens and vice-versa were cancelled because the only civil protection officer, who is also the air traffic controller of the airport, suffered low back pain and was transferred to Milos hospital.

Chaos broke out in Milos’ airport because there is no one to replace the employee who had to take a leave of absence for a few days. Yesterday’s morning flight was cancelled and there is no information about what will happen next.

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Madrid airport staff to strike in late August

madrid.jpgMadrid airport staff to strike in late August

Staff at Madrid's Adolfo Suárez Barajas airport have called a strike for the last weekend of August to protest the privatization of Spain's state-owned airport operator.

AENA staff called off their initial strike for August 15th and 17th but have now decided to hold it from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st.

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Flights begin to normalize after Argentina pilot strike

Buenos Aires2.jpgFlights begin to normalize after Argentina pilot strike

Argentina’s flag carrier flights began to normalize at noon today after the AAA, the APLA and the UALA unions, three major pilots groups among air traffic workers, complied with the mandatory conciliation declared this morning by the Ministry of Labour.

The pilots had launched a strike at 7 am today demanding salary talks to be resumed. Aerolíneas Argentinas (AA), in turn, said the walkout “broke” current wage agreements.

All domestic flights, as well as those to Santiago de Chile and Asuncion, were cancelled. 

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Gatwick airport baggage chaos: holiday-makers 'face flying without luggage'

bagstrike.jpgGatwick airport baggage chaos: holiday-makers 'face flying without luggage'

Holidaymakers face flying without their luggage on one of the busiest weekends of the year as baggage handlers suffer a critical shortage of staff, airlines have warned.

Travellers flying from Gatwick this weekend can expect chaotic scenes because Swissport, the baggage handling firm, does not have enough workers to load and unload planes. Two airlines warned that difficulties at the airport could worsen over the next four months because airlines are locked in to contracts with Swissport.

The problem is most acute at weekends because the firm is using staff on zero-hours contracts who do not wish to work anti-social hours, it is claimed.

Airlines using Swissport at Gatwick for baggage handling services include British Airways, Virgin, Monarch, Thomas Cook and Thomson.

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French airport strike set to hit big getaway

airfrance.jpgFrench airport strike set to hit big getaway

Anyone heading to the airport to catch an Air France flight on Saturday should brace for delays after ground staff unions called a strike in protest over deteriorating working conditions. 

The walkout is expected to last from 1am until midnight on a key getaway day for holidaymakers. 

Orly and Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airports in Paris will be particularly affected, while regional airports will also experience disruption.

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TAP pilots plan strike

tap.jpgTAP pilots plan strike 

Pilots at Portuguese airline TAP have announced a strike for next month, which could affect up to 40,000 passengers, president of Portugal's Pilots of Civil Aviation Syndicate (SPAC) said Monday.

"This is a red flag for TAP and partly to its shareholder," told Jaime Prieto, president of the syndicate of civil aviation pilots.

The strike was planned during a general assembly in July by SPAC and is scheduled for Aug. 9.

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Baggage Strikes Planned for August at Mallorcas Son Sant Joan Airport

baggage6.jpgBaggage Strikes Planned for August at Mallorcas Son Sant Joan Airport

An announcement was made this week that strike action has been called for by baggage handlers at Palma International Airport. 

They are apparently unhappy that agreements made in April relating to wages, working hours and lack of staff have not been met, and are therefore suggesting strike action on 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 , 15, 16 and 17th of August.

The strikes are set to cause flight delays and potentially affect up to 1 million passengers. 

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Air France airport staff to strike 2 August

airfrance.jpgAir France airport staff to strike 2 August

Ground staff at working for Air France at French airports are due to strike on Saturday 2 August at the height of the holiday season. The largest union at the national airline has issued a strike call to oppose subcontracting work.

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Alitalia pilots and flight crew set strike for July 20

alitalia2.jpgAlitalia pilots and flight crew set strike for July 20

Italy’s pilots and flight attendants belonging to three labour unions have called for a strike on July 20 to protest against their exclusion from talks on the Etihad-Alitalia deal.

The Abu Dhabi carrier has been in discussions to acquire a 49 per cent stake in ailing Alitalia.

The Italian government yesterday also met Alitalia representatives, bank creditors and investors to finalise the deal.

The members of labour unions Anpac, Avia and Anpav that represent pilots and crew in Italy have called for a 24-hour strike across all airlines operating in the country.

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Airport baggage handlers on strike in Copenhagen

baggagegirl.jpgAirport baggage handlers on strike in Copenhagen

Baggage handlers of Scandinavian Airlines, or SAS, in Denmark's Kastrup Airport in the capital city of Copenhagen went on a strike Thursday, forcing SAS aircraft to be grounded, sources with the airport said.

The airport said in a statement on its website that all aircraft handled by SAS are affected by the work stoppage.

It however did not disclose how many aircraft were affected.

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Belgium Air traffic strike

atc3.jpgBelgium Air traffic strike

Tonight between 18:00 and 20:00 the Belgium air space will be closed due to a strike by Belgium Air traffic controllers.

Update: Thursday morning between 2h en 4h local there was a second strike.

Sunday June 28 a 24hr railway strike will start at 22:00h

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Airlines warn of disruptions to French flights

Francestrike1.jpgAirlines warn of disruptions to French flights

A strike by air traffic controllers could snarl plans for air travelers flying to or through France this week.

Air France and Delta are among carriers that have waived rebooking fees — with restrictions.

That comes as the AFP news agency writes "France braced for travel chaos" this week as the strike threat began.

Controllers have called for a six-day strike with disruptions to begin Tuesday. Ahead of that, France's civil aviation agency on Monday urged airlines pare flights schedules by up to 20% in Paris and in other key destinations.

See also: http://dsnado.canalblog.com


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LAN and TAM Airline Workers to Take Strike and Support Action

lantam.jpgLAN and TAM Airline Workers to Take Strike and Support Action

 This week, the aviation unions of the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) Network of LATAM Unions in ChileArgentinaEcuador, Peru and Colombia will be taking action to support the mechanics of LAN Peru and the flight attendants of LAN Argentina. The workers will inform passengers in the airport about the actions.

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British Airways cabin crew 'ready to strike' over pay claim

BA 747.jpgBritish Airways cabin crew 'ready to strike' over pay claim

British Airways is facing the threat of renewed strikes after cabin crew said they were prepared to take industrial action after their pay claims were rebuffed.

In a consultative ballot last week among members of the mixed fleet, 95% of crew who voted said they would go on strike.

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PIA pilots threaten to go on strike

pakistan.jpgPIA pilots threaten to go on strike

Pilots working for the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) have announced to stop flying if the airline’s management continues to implement unfair and unjust taxation policy on their salaries.


In a statement on Monday, Pakistan Airlines Pilots Association (PALPA) blamed the management for this action. 


They said the national airline has been in the doldrums due to management, administrative and financial issues.

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Ghana airport workers plan strike to cripple operations at Kotoka Airport

ghana kotoka.jpgGhana airport workers plan strike to cripple operations at Kotoka Airport

The indecision of President John Dramani Mahama in replacing the “over-aged” Director-General (D-G) of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Air Cdr. Kwame Mamphey (Rtd), is likely to be one of the main reasons for the impending strike by the Ghana Air Traffic Controllers.

The association also cites the bad safety culture in Ghana Civil Aviation regarding certification of Aerodromes, ATS facilities, Aviation Security and Aviation Meteorology, as well as inability to attain the FAA category one status among others, as the shortcomings of their Director General; and want him replaced.

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LATAM Airlines workers in Peru to strike during World Cup

lanperu.jpgLATAM Airlines workers in Peru to strike during World Cup

LATAM Airlines maintenance workers in Peru will go on strike on June 26 and 27, high-traffic dates because of the World Cup in neighbouring Brazil, to press for higher wages, a union leader said on Thursday.

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Rio airport workers strike ahead of World Cup

brazilfootball.jpgRio airport workers strike ahead of World Cup

Airport workers' strike will begin at midnight on Wednesday, as the World Cup's opening match is about to kick off.

Ground staff at Rio de Janeiro's airports plan to stage a 24-hour partial strike on Thursday, the day Brazil hosts the opening match of the football World Cup.

The workers vowed to maintain 80 percent service but the strike will raise fears of delays as thousands of football fans descend on the city around the opening match in Sao Paulo and the first game in Rio on Sunday.

The walkout, which takes effect from midnight on Wednesday, will affect Rio's Galeao international airport, and the Santos Dumon airport, which provides domestic services to Sao Paulo.

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Air Niugini employees plan strike

air niugini.jpgAir Niugini employees plan strike

Papua New Guinea's National Airlines Employees Association is planning to go on strike over the management’s decision to lay off 250 staff.

This was announced last week during an open forum held by employees of Air Niugini in response to media reports that the company was planning to lay off 10 percent of its work force.

“If the management does not meet the demands of the workers within seven days, we will go on strike,” an angry employee said.

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Italian Air Traffice Control on strike June 11

alitaliasmile.jpgItalian Air Traffice Control on strike June 11

Italian Air Traffice Control will go on strike on Wednesday from 12:30 - 16:30 local time.
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Lebanon's airport to close down for two hours next Tuesday due to strike

LEBANON.jpgLebanon's airport to close down for two hours next Tuesday due to strike

Rafiq Al-Hariri International Airport will shut down for two hours next Tuesday, the Lebanese Air Traffic Controllers Committee said Saturday.
The committee said that halted aviation services, to include arriving and departing flights, would start at 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. local time, adding the move is protest against delays of salaries raise and promotions of the public sector in Lebanon.

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Two more strikes planned as Aer Lingus talks collapse

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Strikes scheduled for Monday 16th and Wednesday 18th of June

Cabin crew at Aer Lingus are to go on strike for another two days later this month in an intensification of the dispute over rosters at the airline.
The trade union Impact, which represents cabin crew, said that talks with the company aimed at resolving the dispute had broken down, and it was serving management with notice of two further one-day strikes - on Monday, June 16th and Wednesday, June 18th.

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Icelandair faces indefinite strike action

icelandair.jpgIcelandair faces indefinite strike action

The threat of a potentially lengthy strike hung over Iceland’s national airline,Icelandair, on Friday after the company’s mechanics announced plans for industrial action.

The Icelandic Aircraft Mechanics Association (FVFI) said it would strike for 24 hours June 16, followed by an indefinite strike June 19. The mechanics are seeking higher salaries.

If the strike goes ahead, “it will affect the schedule a lot,” but not necessarily lead to a complete shutdown of the airline’s operations.

UPDATE: Nearly all Icelandair flights cheduled this coming Monday will be cancelled, due to the 24-hour work stoppage to be held by the Air Mechanics’ Union.

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Unions warn of employee strike if Czech Airlines goes through with layoffs

csa.jpgUnions warn of employee strike if Czech Airlines goes through with layoffs

Czech Airlines (CSA), the Czech national carrier, has announced a new wave of layoffs in response to a drop in customer interest in flights to Ukraine, post-Soviet states and above all Russia.

The ongoing crisis – and violence – in Ukraine is being blamed for a downturn in the fortunes of the airline, whose strategy has focussed increasingly on markets to the east. Flights to Russian destinations in recent weeks have dropped by 10 percent and flights to Ukraine by 25.

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Flights cancelled at Rome's Ciampino airport because of wildcat strike

baggage6.jpgFlights cancelled at Rome's Ciampino airport because of wildcat strike

Passengers at Rome's second airport are facing long lines and flight cancellations because of a wildcat strike by baggage handlers.

The unannounced strike began Wednesday morning at Ciampino, a hub for Ryanair and other discount airlines. About 850 workers of Groundcare, one of seven private companies that handle unloading baggage and cargo at Rome airports, are striking to recover back pay.

Groundcare recently filed for bankruptcy protection.

Ciampino was paralyzed by the dispute, and airport employees passed out water and hotel information to frustrated, stranded customers during the peak tourist season in Rome.

Flights were cancelled into Wednesday evening. Italy's civil aviation authorities were meeting with Groundcare and the workers to try to resolve the dispute.

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