30.09.2014

Greece’s Air Traffic Controllers Announce 48-hour Strike

greek atc.jpgGreece’s Air Traffic Controllers Announce 48-hour Strike

Beginning on Saturday, October 4, the Greek Air Traffic Controllers’ Association has scheduled a 48-hour strike of the country’s airports.

According to a press release, the Association decided to protest against a ministerial decision that gives the Public Debt Management Agency access to airport fees.

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25.09.2014

Lufthansa pilots threaten strike as talks fail again

lufthansa.jpgLufthansa pilots threaten strike as talks fail again

German pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) said it was planning further industrial action at Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) after talks over an early retirement scheme once again broke down.

 

The union, which has already held four strikes so far this year over the matter, said it would give notice of any strikes.

UPDATE Sept 29: The German pilot union, Vereinigung Cockpit, announced Monday that Lufthansa pilots will stage a strike between 0600 GMT and 2100 GMT Tuesday.

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Czech Airlines stewards threaten strike over layoffs

csa.jpgCzech Airlines stewards threaten strike over layoffs

Czech cabin crews on Wednesday threatened to strike after the troubled Czech Airlines (CSA) said it would lay off almost a third of its total staff amid thinning passenger demand.

The national carrier, which is co-owned by Korean Air, announced earlier Wednesday that it would sack around 70 pilots, 150 stewards and 60 administration staff.

CSA attributed the layoffs to having to sell the six Airbus A320 planes in its fleet, as well as a slump in flights to Russia because of the crisis in Ukraine.

The Czech Cabin Crew Union told AFP a strike is "definitely an option" but refused to say when it might take place or what would avert it.

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23.09.2014

Police strike, chaos at Brussels Airport

chaosbrussels.jpgPolice strike, chaos at Brussels Airport.

Today the Belgium Police is on strike. Very long queues at border control for arriving passengers at Brussels-Zaventem airport.

UPDATE: Msg from Brussels Airport: All boxes are open and the queue should be gone soon. Sorry for the inconvenience. The reason for the chaos is not the police strike, but to many planes arrived at the same time. (?)

So, mistake from Belgium newspapers? 

http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws/regio/vlaamsbrabant/1.2...

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18.09.2014

Air France pilots threaten strike

airfranceplane.jpg(First published on august 26) Air 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.” 

UPDATE: Second pilots’ union joins Air France strike call


A second pilots’ union has joined calls for a strike at Air France on 15-18 September. Like the largest union at the company, the SNPL, it wants the same conditions for pilots in all branches of the company.

UPDATE Sep. 28. Air France pilots strike cancelled

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Ben Gurion Airport Workers to Strike for 3 Hours

bengurion.jpgBen Gurion Airport Workers to Strike for 3 Hours

Employees of the Ben Gurion International Airport will strike on Thursday morning for three hours, beginning at 11:00 a.m.  During the strike, planes will not take off, and passengers landing in the airport will not receive their luggage.

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15.09.2014

Several of Romania’s Tarom internal flights get cancelled due to employee protests

tarom.jpgSeveral of Romania’s Tarom internal flights get cancelled due to employee protest

Six flights operated by Romanian state owned airline Tarom were canceled on Monday morning and others were delayed, due to a spontaneous protest of the company’s pilots.
Tarom’s internal flights to Oradea, Baia Mare, Satu Mare, Iasi and one of the flights to Cluj-Napoca were canceled, according to an announcement from the company. The company’s flight to Budapest was also canceled. Another internal flight to Cluj-Napoca was also delayed by several hours.

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11.09.2014

Lufthansa pilots to strike again if offer falls short

lufthansa.jpgLufthansa pilots to strike again if offer falls short

Lufthansa's pilots, holding their third walkout at the German airline within a week on Wednesday, said they remained ready to strike again if an updated offer on an early retirement scheme promised by Lufthansa did not go far enough.

 Its CEO Carsten Spohr said on Tuesday the airline would present a more detailed offer to the union at the start of next week. "We are still ready to strike. We have to see what this offer is, but we are happy that the employer seems to have moved slightly," Vereinigung Cockpit board member Markus Wahl said.

UPDATE Sep. 15: Lufthansa pilots to strike in Frankfurt on Tuesday

Lufthansa pilots will hold an eight-hour strike on Tuesday, wiping out flights from its Frankfurt hub, union Vereinigung Cockpit said on Monday, announcing the fourth strike by the pilots to hit the German airline within three weeks.

The proposed strike on Tuesday will run from 0700-1500 GMT, the union said. There will be no flights from Lufthansa's main hub Frankfurt and no long haul flights using Airbus A380, A330 and A340 planes, and Boeing B747s.

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09.09.2014

Lufthansa pilots to strike at Munich airport on Wednesday

lufthansa.jpgLufthansa pilots to strike at Munich airport on Wednesday

 Lufthansa pilots will hold a eight-hour strike at Munich airport on Wednesday, union Vereinigung Cockpit said on Tuesday, the third strike by the German airline's pilots within two weeks.

The pilots are seeking to increase the pressure on Lufthansa in negotiations over an early retirement scheme. They held a strike at its budget carrier Germanwings at the end of August, followed by a walkout at Frankfurt last week.

 

The proposed strike at Munich, Lufthansa's biggest airport behind Frankfurt, will run from 0800-1600 GMT, the union said.

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Heathrow baggage handlers to strike on Friday

former_luggage_handler.jpgHeathrow baggage handlers to strike on Friday

Ground handlers at Heathrow airport are to strike on Friday in a dispute over pay.

Unite said more than 500 of its members will walk out for 24 hours in protest at a delay in paying last year's award.

Talks between the union and employers ASIG have broken down.

The strike will run from 00.01am on Friday at terminals one, two and three, involving check-in and baggage handling staff.

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05.09.2014

Italy faces air traffic controller strike on Saturday

alitaliasmile.jpgItaly faces air traffic controller strike on Saturday

Airlines face disruption tomorrow (Saturday) due to a strike by air traffic controllers in Italy.

The walkout will take place between 12.30pm and 4.30pm local time.

Aircraft flying over Italy and inbound long-haul services will be the only ones unaffected, according to Eurocontrol.

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04.09.2014

Lufthansa Pilots to Stage 6-Hour Strike Friday

lufthansa.jpgLufthansa Pilots to Stage 6-Hour Strike Friday

A union representing pilots at Lufthansa says they will stage a six-hour strike Friday, targeting short- and medium-haul flights from Frankfurt.

The Vereinigung Cockpit union said Thursday the strike will run from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. (1500 to 2100 GMT; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT). It will involve pilots on Boeing 737, Airbus A320 and Embraer planes scheduled to depart Germany's busiest airport, which is Lufthansa's main hub.

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03.09.2014

Employees of Sri Lanka's International Airport threaten to strike

sri lanka.jpgEmployees of Sri Lanka's International Airport threaten to strike

 A civil aviation sector trade union affiliated with the Ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party has vowed to lead its employees at the Colombo International Airport to strike work unless authorities take prompt actions to remove the security chief at the airport.

The president of the Airport & Aviation Union M.W.B. Muhandiram said that the security chief, Chinthaka Kumarasinghe has attacked an employee under him who is also a heart patient.

He said the trade union has made a written request from the Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority to remove the official and the employees would strike from September 09 unless the problem is rectified.

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01.09.2014

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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28.08.2014

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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23.08.2014

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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21.08.2014

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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20.08.2014

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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12.08.2014

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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31.07.2014

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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30.07.2014

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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29.07.2014

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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24.07.2014

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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20.07.2014

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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02.07.2014

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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27.06.2014

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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25.06.2014

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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24.06.2014

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

UPDATE: STRIKE IS CALLED OFF

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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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