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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22.06.2014

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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17.06.2014

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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14.06.2014

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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12.06.2014

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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10.06.2014

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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09.06.2014

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.
Check your airport and airline.

 

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08.06.2014

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

Two more strikes planned as Aer Lingus talks collapseaer lingus crew.jpg

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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04.06.2014

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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02.06.2014

Cabin crew strike could ground Air Namibia

air namibia.jpgFirst published:05/30/2014 17:54 Cabin crew strike could ground Air Namibia

The Namibia Cabin Crew Union (NCCU) yesterday confirmed that its 140 cabin crew members would embark on industrial action this morning at 01h00 over discontent with salary regrading.

The strike, which has been a looming threat for the national airline since a Certificate of Unresolved Dispute was issued by the Office of the Labour Commissioner in 2012, could potentially bring Air Namibia’s operations to a standstill.

UPDATE: The strike by Air Namibia’s cabin crew, which commenced on Friday, has been put on hold for now as the airline and the Namibia Cabin Crew Union (NCCU) reached an agreement on Friday afternoon to suspend the strike and to continue negotiations over salary re-grading.

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Darwin Airport shuts and flight chaos across Australia feared as Indonesia’s Sangeang Api volcano spews ash into sky

darwinvul.jpgDarwin Airport shuts and flight chaos across Australia feared as Indonesia’s Sangeang Api volcano spews ash into sky

The impact could last for days, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss has warned, and could hit other airports beyond Darwin, which is already closed.
 
The cloud is spreading south towards Alice Springs.
 
Depending on wind and other weather conditions, the ash has the potential to affect flights to and from other airports, including Brisbane, during coming days.  
 
The cloud has come from Mount Sangeang Api, a volcano off the northeast coast of the Indonesian island of Sumbawa, which blew late Friday and is continuing to discharge debris with further eruptions.
 
Passengers are advised to check with their airlines for further information.”

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29.05.2014

Italian Strike leads to flight cancellations and disruption

baggagegirl.jpgItalian Strike leads to flight cancellations and disruption

A 24-hour strike by Italian ground handlers has led to flight cancellations and disruptions.

Airlines are reviewing their schedules after ground handling staff across Italy announced plans to strike from 00:00am local time on Friday, May 30.

In additiona, both airport and ground handling staff at Milan airports have scheduled a strike from 13:00 to 17:00 local time (12:00 to 16:00 GMT) tomorrow.

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28.05.2014

Aer Lingus cabin crew plan a second strike over rosters

aer lingus crew.jpgAer Lingus cabin crew plan a second strike over rosters

Cabin crew are set to announce a second strike of at least 24 hours at Aer Lingus in the wake of this week's work stoppage.

Impact has revealed it will step up industrial action following a one-day work stoppage on Friday, which will ground around 200 flights.

The union said another strike would be announced within a fortnight due to a rosters row.

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25.05.2014

Pakistan Air traffic controllers warn of strike

pakistan.jpgPakistan Air traffic controllers warn of strike

Civil Aviation Air Traffic Controllers have threatened to go by the book and withdraw all special cooperation if the CAA does not approve their special cadre which has been pending for years now.

 

In an emergent meeting held by Pakistan Air Traffic Controller’s Guild (PATG) on the other day at CAA officers mess, Allama Iqbal International Airport, the ATCG discussed their future line of action regarding their demands. All the participants showed their deep concern over the proposed and unjustified promotions of other than ATC officers.

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22.05.2014

Strike Action Could Disrupt Brazil World Cup Travel

WK-2014-Brazilie-reis-300x225.jpgStrike Action Could Disrupt Brazil World Cup Travel

It had been anticipated but now the reality is dawning that this summer's World Cup in Brazil may well be disrupted by industrial action.

Today, staff at LATAM which is the airline group for much of South America, announced that unless pay is equalised throughout the group's operating divisions, their staff will strike during the World Cup, bringing airports grinding to a halt and disrupting over 300 international flights, many of which could end up being cancelled.

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17.05.2014

Libya closes Benghazi airport due to fighting

benghazi.jpgLibya closes Benghazi airport due to fighting

Libyan authorities closed the airport in the eastern city of Benghazi on Friday because of fighting between irregular forces of the self-declared Libyan National Army and Islamist militants, the airport's director said"

We have closed the airport for the safety of passengers as there were clashes in the city.

The airport will be reopened depending on the security situation.

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Iceland government bans Icelandair pilot strikes

icelandair.jpgIceland government bans Icelandair pilot strikes

The Icelandic Parliament has banned all industrial action by Icelandair pilots, according to an airline statement. The Icelandic Airline Pilots Association (FIA) had reportedly planned to strike for nine days between May 9 and June 3, which would have affected 600 flights and 100,000 passengers. The carrier was forced to cancel 26 flights May 9.

If the airline and FIA do not reach an agreement by June 1, an arbitration court will decide pilot wages and benefits before July 1.

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15.05.2014

Strikes hit European flights

atc3.jpgStrikes hit European flights

Passengers travelling to and from France are being warend of "extensive delays" today as air traffic controllers join a nationwide strike. 

The strike by public sector workers began yesterday and is due to run until tomorrow (Friday). 

Eurocontrol said delays would be particularly bad in the south and west of the country. 


Meanwhile, flights to and from Italy are due to be impacted by a 24-hour cabin crew strike by a non-recognised union on Saturday (May 16). 

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Aer Lingus cabin crew to hold 24-hour strike action

aer lingus crew.jpgAer Lingus cabin crew to hold 24-hour strike action

TRAVEL chaos is looming again for air passengers, as Aer Lingus cabin crew prepare to strike for 24 hours on the June bank holiday weekend

It's the second time in two months that Aer Lingus staff have threatened to go on strike on a long weekend. This time the dispute relates to rostering.

Trade union IMPACT served notice on the airline yesterday, saying hundreds of cabin crew will engage in a stoppage for 24 hours from just after midnight on Friday, May 30. The industrial action will affect all flights to and from Dublin, Cork and Shannon.

UPDATE: More than 30,000 Aer Lingus passengers have been advised to cancel or change their flight plans scheduled for May 30 due to industrial action at the airline.

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08.05.2014

El Al pilots on strike don't show up for scheduled flights, strands hundreds at airport

elal (2).jpgEl Al pilots on strike don't show up for scheduled flights, strands hundreds at airport

Pilots for the Israeli airline El Al refused to show up to work for scheduled flights on Thursday evening, causing delays and stranding hundreds of passengers at the airport.

Pilots claim that since the creation of El-Al's budget airline UP, their working conditions have been downgraded, the report stated. 

The airline said in a statement that they were working hard to send out flights as soon as possible. 

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