17.12.2014

Christmas travel chaos looms as British airport staff vote to strike on December 23 and 24

Ba_LHR.jpgChristmas travel chaos looms as British airport staff vote to strike on December 23 and 24

BRITISH airports are facing travel chaos over the festive period after check-in staff and baggage handlers today voted to strike over pay.

Employees of air service provider dnata at Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester airports voted by more than 4-1 in favour of walkouts in protest at an imposed 2.2 per cent increase, union Unite said today.

The union said that a workforce of "haves and have nots" was being created because supervisors were given a rise of 4.5 per cent.

Unite called for peace talks to avert the threat of a two-day strike on December 23 and 24.

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13.12.2014

Portugal PM defends airline privatisation amid strike threat

tap.jpgPortugal PM defends airline privatisation amid strike threat

Portugal's national airline TAP will not survive unless it is privatised, prime minister Pedro Passos Coelho said on Friday, defending a policy which has led the airline's unions to call a four-day strike during the height of the holiday season.

 

"If we leave everything as is, TAP will disappear," Passos Coelho said during a debate in parliament. Government officials were to meet union representatives on Friday to try and avoid the strike called for Dec. 27-30. With around 300 daily flights planned at the busy period, as many as 120,000 passengers could be affected by the strike and it would cost TAP millions of euros.

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Belgium braces for national strike chaos

atc3.jpgBelgium braces for national strike chaos

Belgium risks coming to a virtual standstill Monday as the biggest national strike for years grounds all flights, halts public transport and severs international train links in protest at the new government’s austerity policies.

All flights to and from Belgium will be grounded for 24 hours from late Sunday as air traffic controllers join a nationwide strike against the new government's austerity policies, a union warned Friday.

Workers at Belgocontrol, the state-owned firm that manages Belgian air traffic, would "totally support the nationwide strike," CSC union official Kurt Callaerts said.

"Nobody will work," he added, as the union said the government's plan to save 11 billion euros ($13.7 billion) over five years "has consequences for everyone."

No planes are due to land at or take off from airports in Brussels, Charleroi, Liege, Antwerp and Ostend for 24 hours from 2100 GMT Sunday, according to the official quoted by the Belga news agency.

The strike will not affect planes flying over Belgium at more than 7,500 metres (24,600 feet) as they are monitored by Eurocontrol and will not have to change their flight plans, a spokesman for the Europe-wide air traffic management organisation told AFP.

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12.12.2014

Heathrow hit as London airspace restricted due to control centre failure

computer failure.jpgHeathrow hit as London airspace restricted due to control centre failure

Passengers travelling to and from London’s major airports face lengthy delays and cancellations.

London airspace has been severely restricted after a system failure at the main national control centre in Swanick.

Passengers travelling to and from London’s major airports face lengthy delays and cancellations, with European controllers suggesting skies would be restricted until 7pm GMT.

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11.12.2014

Argentinian government to order mandatory conciliation on pilots strike

sol.jpgArgentinian government to order mandatory conciliation on pilots strike

The government has threatened to order mandatory conciliation if the pilots union APLA moves forward with the national strike called for tomorrow to protest against layoffs in SOL airlines.

The union has announced a 24-hour walkout in SOL, Aerolíneas Argentinas and LAN airlines. APLA denounced SOL for being a “serial non-complier with labour and pensions laws.

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Flights scrapped ahead of Italy general strike

rome airport.jpgFlights scrapped ahead of Italy general strike

Ryanair and easyJet are among the airlines to have cancelled hundreds of flights to and from Italy ahead of a national strike on Friday against labour reforms.

Ryanair has cancelled 182 domestic and international flights, with further cancellations and disruption expected, the company said in a statement on its website. Some easyJet flights have also been cancelled, as air traffic controllers strike between 1.00pm and 5.00pm on Friday.

Every airline flying to and from Italy, as well as those flying within Italian airspace, will be affected.

The country’s flagship airline, Alitalia, has also preemptively cancelled flights. Intercontinental routes from Rome Fiumicino and Milan Malpensa airports will not be affected..

Passengers have been advised to check their flight status before travelling, while journeys to and from Italian airports are also likely to be affected by the general strike.

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10.12.2014

Georgian Airways on strike: Moscow flight cancelled

tbilisi.jpgGeorgian Airways on strike: Moscow flight cancelled

Georgian Airways has stopped its flights to Moscow today and said it could suspend flights to other destinations too.

The company leadership protested against the recent Russia-Georgia contract about resuming direct flights, which Georgian Airways believed gave an unfair advantage to Russian companies.

The airline demanded equal conditions for the Georgian and Russian airlines, or the current financial loss would soon see Georgian aviation "no longer exist”.

Georgian Airways, also known as Airzena, is a privately owned flag carrier that operated a variety of services from Georgia to destinations mainly in Europe and Western Asia.

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30.11.2014

Union calls on Lufthansa pilots to stage strike

lufthansa.jpgUnion calls on Lufthansa pilots to stage strike

A union representing Lufthansa pilots has called on its members to go on strike Monday in a dispute over retirement benefits.

 

The Vereinigung Cockpit union said Sunday that the strike will begin on short- and medium-haul services at noon local time (1100 GMT) Monday, and be extended to long-haul and cargo flights from 0300 (0200 GMT) Tuesday. The walk-out is due to end Wednesday.

 UPDATE Dec. 3:  Pilots at Deutsche Lufthansa AG said they would strike again on Thursday on long-haul and cargo flights, after a two-day stoppage on Monday and Tuesday stranded thousands of travellers.

The union said in a statement that short and medium-haul flights and those of budget carrier Germanwings would not be affected by the action on Thursday.

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21.11.2014

Brussel Airport to strike on 8 and 15 December

brussels.jpgBrussel Airport to strike on 8 and 15 December

Workers at Belgium’s biggest airport at Zaventem, near Brussels are to strike twice next month. 

They will down tools both on the day of the regional strike in the former province of Brabant on Monday 8 December as well as taking part in the national strike against the government’s austerity measures on 15 December.

Olivier Van Camp of the socialist trade union ABVV says that he expects the airport to be closed to traffic on both days.

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18.11.2014

Air traffic controllers on strike in Barbados, flights cancelled

barbados.jpgAir traffic controllers on strike in Barbados, flights cancelled

Air traffic controllers at the Grantley Adams International Airport walked out of their jobs this morning complaining about poor working conditions.
The action, which took the authorities by surprise, has affected several flights in and out of the Airport.
Managers stepped in and manned the control tower.
But by 10 a.m., operations were back up and running and the aggrieved air traffic controllers, their bargaining agents and management were locked in a closed-door meeting to hammer out a solution to environmental problems in the control tower.

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13.11.2014

Strike set to affect Italy flights

alitaliasmile.jpgStrike set to affect Italy flights

Airlines have cancelled some flights to Italy on Friday as the country is set to hold a 24-hour general strike.

The industrial action is due to start from midnight and there is expected to be disruption to flights as well as trains and other types of public transport across Italy.

Easyjet said it had cancelled some flights to Italy with customers offered a free transfer to another flight or full refund.

Ryanair said that the strike would affect security at Bologna, Pisa and Genoa airports and urged passengers to arrive at these three airports earlier than usual.

Workers at Italian carrier Alitalia are set to go on strike for four hours on Friday from 12.00 to 16.00 local time, despite talks earlier this week between unions and the airline.

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Caribbean Airlines Pilots strike looms

Caribbean-airlines.jpgCaribbean Airlines Pilots strike looms

JAMAICAN pilots employed to Caribbean Airlines (CAL) have served the company with a 72-hour notice of industrial action, saying that their patience has worn thin after their union has spent nearly three years trying to secure bargaining rights on their behalf.

At the heart of the dispute is the airline's insistence that all its pilots be represented by the Trinidad and Tobago Airline Pilots Association (TTALPA).

However, the Jamaican pilots are maintaining that they cannot be represented by a union outside of Jamaica.

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10.11.2014

Cathay Pacific pilots vote to strike

cathay.jpgCathay Pacific pilots vote to strike

Cathay Pacific pilots have voted in favour of industrial action over the Christmas period after rejecting a proposed pay increase.

Some 93 per cent of Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association members have voted to push ahead with their first work-to-rule protest since 2001.

If a resolution is not reached, pilots will refuse to work outside of their contractual commitments, particularly during rostered days off. This could result in flight delays and cancellations during the year's peak travel season.

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03.11.2014

Alitalia Baggage Loaders on Strike at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport

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Alitalia Baggage Loaders on Strike at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport.

 Italian national airline Alitalia's employees, responsible for loading and unloading baggage, have declared a strike opposing staff cuts, which could affect nearly 1,000 people.

The strike has begun on Sunday morning after some of the staff members, who were supposed to work Monday, received a notice of dismissal and found that their electronic profiles were blocked. In solidarity with their colleagues, the Alitalia loaders, who were not affected by the layoffs, refused to do their job.

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27.10.2014

Union threatens pre-Christmas strike for Thomson Airways

thomsonfly_plane_lead_203x152.jpgUnion threatens pre-Christmas strike for Thomson Airways

A possible strike involving Thomson Airways cabin crew and pilots could cause pre-Christmas disruption claims Unite.


About 30 crew controllers and their assistants, who arrange cabin crew and pilot rosters to Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulations to cover for sick colleagues and any unforeseen circumstances, will be balloted from 19 November for strike action in a dispute over pay.

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PIA employees go on strike over wages

pakistan.jpgPIA employees go on strike over wages

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) employees have gone on strike claiming that the airlines failed to fulfill its pledge of a wage increase, ARY News reported on Monday.

The airline management, however, is blaming Air League of PIA employees for putting pressure on its management over the issue of transfers of some of officials. Sources mentioned that several booking offices of the national airliner has been closed as well due to the strike.

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24.10.2014

Flights to Italy disrupted by strike

alitaliasmile.jpgFlights to Italy disrupted by strike

Flights to and from Italy face cancellation and disruption today due to a walkout by public and private sector workers.

Passengers are being urged to check their flight status before travelling to the airport.

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CSA´s cabin crews to stage strike next Thursday

csa.jpgCSA´s cabin crews to stage strike next Thursday

Flight attendants of the national air carrier Czech Airlines (CSA) will go on strike over layoffs and wage cuts on Thursday, October 30, the Czech radio station Radiozurnal reported today.

CSA turned to a court to issue an injunction to ban the strike. Unless it succeeds, it will use a crisis plan to ensure that the protest have a minimal impact on air transport, said Radiozurnal.

CSA has prepared a crisis scenario to ensure a smooth operation

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23.10.2014

TAP Portugal faces crew strike over contract violations

tap.jpgTAP Portugal faces crew strike over contract violations

Flight crew at TAP Air Portugal plan four one-day strikes over alleged violations of their work contracts.

The strikes are due to be staged on October 30, November 1, November 30 and December 2, the civil aviation employees union said.

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20.10.2014

Romania’s Tarom cancels four flights due to flight attendants’ protest

tarom.jpgRomania’s Tarom cancels four flights due to flight attendants’ protest

Romanian state owned airline Tarom cancelled four flights last weekend, after flight attendants said they were unfit to fly. These protests followed similar flight attendants and pilots’ such protests in September this year.
“Tarom is facing a lack of suitable flight crew”, read a statement posted yesterday, October 19, on the company’s website. Passengers of the cancelled flights went on board of other flights to their destination.

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19.10.2014

Pilots to strike at Lufthansa on Monday and Tuesday

luft747.jpgPilots to strike at Lufthansa on Monday and Tuesday

German pilots' union VC called a strike at Deutsche Lufthansa for Oct. 20 and 21, targeting the airline's Airbus 320 planes as well as Boeing 737s.

The union said on Sunday the walkout would last from 1100 GMT on Monday until 2159 GMT on Tuesday.

The pilots are in dispute with Lufthansa's management over retirement benefits. The union said the strike would affect all short- and mid-distance Lufthansa flights fromGermany.

UPDATE: Pilots threaten more strikes as Lufthansa walkout continues

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16.10.2014

Pilots at Lufthansa's budget airline to go on strike

germanwings.jpgPilots at Lufthansa's budget airline to go on strike

 German pilots at Lufthansa'low-cost unit Germanwings are to go on strike on Thursday as a dispute over an early retirement scheme drags on.

 

The strike, the seventh at Lufthansa this year, will last for 12 hours from 1000 GMT (11.00 BST) until 2159 GMT on Thursday, affecting flights across Germany, the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) trade union said in a statement on Wednesday.

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13.10.2014

Lufthansa's VC pilot union planning more strikes

luft747.jpgLufthansa's VC pilot union planning more strikes

Lufthansa pilot unionVereinigung Cockpit (VC)is planning more strikes within the next several days in its ongoing protest overtransition payments for early retirees, a VC spokesperson was quoted by several German media outlets as saying.

Last week, Lufthansa Cargo pilots went on a two-day strike, but this action did not have a big impact on Lufthansa operations.

VC said it plans to show “a more dominant signal” for the next strike, and remains willing to talk to Lufthansa management, but so far no solution has been reached.

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Brussels Airport problems during Belgium school-holiday.

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Brussels Airport problems during Belgium school-holiday.

Belgian police is planning a "work to rule action" from Saturday October 25 until Sunday November 2, at Brussels airport Zaventem. All arriving and departing passengers will be checked. Delays and possibly also cancellations will be the result.

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07.10.2014

SAS strike affects flights in Copenhagen

SAS.jpgSAS strike affects flights in Copenhagen

A short-lived strike by SAS baggage handlers will affect all of the airline’s flights at Copenhagen Airport throughout the rest of the day, SAS reports.
 
The baggage workers returned to the job at around 3pm, following a roughly 90-minute work stoppage. Their actions will affect flights throughout the remainder of Tuesday,
 This will result in cancellations and long delays for the rest of the day.
 
An airport spokesman told that other airlines should not be affected.

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06.10.2014

Easyjet cancels flights ahead of Italy strike

easyjet.jpgEasyjet cancels flights ahead of Italy strike

Easyjet has decided to cancel some flights to and from Italy due to a 24-hour strike by cabin crew this week.

Italy-based cabin crew, who are members of the AP Avia union, are scheduled to hold an all-day strike on Wednesday (October 8) across the country’s airports.

“Easyjet’s flights to and from all Italian airports will be affected and we apologise for any inconvenience that the strike may cause, despite this being beyond the airline’s control,” said the airline in a statement.

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05.10.2014

Ben Gurion Workers May Go on Strike Again

bengurion.jpgBen Gurion Workers May Go on Strike Again

Workers at Ben Gurion Airport are gearing up for another strike – this time on their own behalf. Unionsrepresenting workers on Sunday held an emergency meeting, which union officials said was a prelude to declaring a work action – a required step before calling a strike.

A strike, if it does take place, will only occur after the holiday season in two weeks, officials said.

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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.

UPDATE Oct. 3: Greek air traffic control strike cancelled
A planned strike this weekend by Greek air traffic controllers has been called off after it was declared illegal by an Athens court.

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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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