Aer Lingus Faces New Strike Action Threat Over Pensions Talks
Aer Lingus Group PLC is facing the threat of strikes by airline and airport staff after it said that the SIPTU union had threatened to ballot for industrial action in coming weeks unless its pension demands were met.
SIPTU, the Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union, would ballot its members working for for Aer Lingus, plus those working at Dublin and Shannon airports. However, any ballot would come too late for strike action over the key Christmas period.
Libya - Air traffic controllers strike postponed
EasyJet's Portugal pilots to strike Christmas-New Year
Pilots based in Portugal for the British lowcost airline easyJet announced Friday they are to strike five days over the Christmas-New Year's period to demand better conditions.
The easyJet pilots based in Lisbon have lodged strike notice for December 13, 24, 26 and 31 as well as for January 1, their SPAC union said in a statement.
The industrial action will see the 43 company pilots stopping work for 24 hours each time, with only a minimum service ensuring daily links to Portugal's Madeira archipelago, a sunny location in the Atlantic off the African coast which attracts winter tourism.
Thai Airways union threatens strike if protesters harmed
The labour union of flag carrier Thai Airways International threatened on Thursday to ground the airline's fleet if any harm came to protesters rallying to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
The union, which has 15,000 members, would stop work if police used force to break up protests and marches, which have been taking place across Bangkok for more than a month and intensified this week.
"If the government uses force to disperse the protesters and people are injured, we will increase the pressure by stopping the plane wheels from turning," said Damrong Waikanee, president of the Thai Airways Labour International Union, told Reuters.
Lufthansa cancels Paris CDG flights due to ground staff strike
German airline Lufthansa is cancelling around a hundred flights to and from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport over the next three days due to a strike by ground staff over cost cutting measures.
Lufthansa would normally operate about 100 flights between German airports and Charles de Gaulle, one of Europe's busiest hubs, during the period of the planned strike.
Around 155 workers are taking part in the stoppage from 0330 GMT on Friday to 0330 GMT on Monday, to protest against plans by Lufthansa to outsource ground operations at Charles de Gaulle to a third-party provider.
French pilots' union calls Monday strike against easyJet
The French pilots' union SNPL called a one-day strike against easyJet for Monday, accusing the British budget airline of not adequately sharing with employees record profits it announced earlier in the week.
Ninety percent of easyJet pilots in France belong to SNPL and easyJet operates out of 16 French airports.
Portuguese Immigration officials strike
The union representing inspectors working for Portugal’s border and customs service, SEF, is currently staging a four-day strike that has meant delays for travellers, causing disruptions at passport checks at the country’s airports.
The president of the SCIF-SEF union said that industrial action on Thursday 21 November by officials working at SEF’s own offices was staged purposely on the same day as a national demonstration in Lisbon by other police and security forces.
On 23, 24 and 25 of November, the strike will be at airports, seaports and police and customs centres.
“Anyone who travels on those days will have additional problems in entering or leaving the country,” said Acácio Pereira, the union’s president.
Brussels striking pilots leave passengers stranded
Many passengers at the Brussels International Airport are forced to seek other options, as 80% of Brussels Airlines' pilots are on strike. The pilot strike is about management plans to lay off pilots older than 58.
UPDATE -Brussels Airlines pilots return to work after strike.
Pilots at Brussels Airlines suspended a strike on Tuesday after a second day of flight disruption brought concessions from the Belgian carrier. Unions have suspended their action until the end of next week, pending a deal.
Croatia's Zagreb Airport employees announce imminent strike
Employees at Croatia's Zagreb Airport are threatening with industrial action over the concession agreement signed between the Croatian government and the airport’s future operator Zagreb Airport International Company, a consortium led by Aéroports de Paris. It comes after reconciliation talks between the Union of Zagreb Airport Employees and the management failed last Friday
UPDATE NOV 19: Croatia's Zagreb Airport employees will begin the first of three rounds of industrial action on Thursday, November 21, beginning at 10.00 CET and lasting until midnight.
Unofficially, employees will begin their second round of industrial action on November 25 at 23.00 and will end it at the same time on November 28. A third round of work stoppage has been planned for December 1 and will last until the union’s demands are met.
Air India employees threaten strike, flights may be delayed, cancelled
A substantial number of Air India'sinternational flights may be delayed or cancelled on Tuesday with a section of cabin crew members, operating onwide body planes, threatening to launch an agitation. Post-noon, domestic flights from Mumbai could also be hit.
LIAT pilots strike
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Pilots employed with the regional airline, LIAT, stayed away from their jobs on Tuesday severely disrupting the schedule of the Antigua-based airline.
A statement issued by the carrier said that it was advising passengers “that due to action taken by its airline pilots’ trade union, Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA), pilots who were scheduled to fly this morning, Tuesday, November 5, 2013, have not reported for duty.
“The company has not been provided with the required notification of industrial action as required under its agreement with the pilots. As a result of the action, some of the company’s morning flights have been disrupted. This is also likely to affect service for the remainder of the day.”
Christmas strike on the cards at Aer Lingus after cabin crew vote
PASSENGERS face the threat of an Aer Lingus strike during the busy run-up to Christmas after the airline's cabin crew voted for industrial action.
The cabin staff are members of the IMPACT union and voted 91pc in favour of action in a ballot. The union will make a decision in regard to its next move in coming days.
The Finnish Flight Attendants' Association and The Finnish Aviation Union have issued a strike warning
The Finnish Flight Attendants' Association (SLSY) and The Finnish Aviation Union (IAU) have issued a strike warning.
The Finnish Flight Attendants' Association (SLSY) and The Finnish Aviation Union (IAU) have issued a warning of industrial action to the Association of Support Service Industries. Various industrial action would take place during the period 15th of November at 3 pm EET to 23rd of November at 3 pm EET.
"If the strike goes ahead, it would have a significant impact on our operations says COO, Ville Iho. We sincerely apologize for the worry that this strike threat will cause our customers. We at Finnair naturally hope that a solution can be reached through negotiation and a strike will be averted.
UPDATE NOV 12: Airline strike could be largest ever
Bagged lunches were handed out to travellers at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport on Tuesday, as labour disputes disrupted meal services when more than 400 catering employees went on strike at midday.
The strike would affect all Finnair and Blue1 flights departing from Helsinki. Finnair charter flights would not be directly affected. However, the lack of ground crew service would have an effect on them.
UPDATE NOV 15: Strikes Cancelled
Finnair avoids strikes SHY-- traffic returns to normal within a few days.
Finnair's employer association PALTA (the Association of Support Service Industries) and SLSY (The Finnish Flight Attendants' Association ) and IAU (The Finnish Aviation Union) have concluded a new collective labour agreement and also agreed on the schedule and process of separate, company-specific negotiations related to Finnair's cost savings. The foreseen strikes are therefore cancelled and Finnair's traffic will return to normal within a few days.
First posted on October 15
Finnish Air traffic controllers threaten go-slow
Workers handling air traffic control in Finland are threatening a partial strike from the end of October. They are protesting against plans to move their work from Tampere to Helsinki-Vantaa airport.
Controllers’ union SLJY says its members could go on partial strike from 30 October, and that the threat is intended to add a sense of urgency to current negotiations on terms and conditions in addition to protesting at the switch from Tampere.
Controllers have been observing an overtime ban since the middle of August, and if their new strike plan goes ahead they would refuse to work from 10pm-8am and from 2pm-4pm each day.
The additional industrial action would have a minimal effect on flights, according to the civil aviation authority Finavia.
UPDATE October 30:
Finnish air traffic strike called off
A strike by Finnish air traffic controllers which was due to start today (Wednesday) has been called off.
Strike to affect Karipur (aka Calicut) airport functioning
With the Airports Authority Employees' Union (AAEU) members set to intensify strike as part of their national-level protest against privatization of airports, the functioning of could be affected in the days to come. Members of the union have already launched .
Aer Lingus cabin crew are balloting for industrial action
Aer Lingus has told unions it is cutting 87 cabin crew jobs at Shannon because the staff refused to fly new transatlantic routes using smaller planes with lower staffing levels.
It is understood staff will be offered the options of redeployment to Dublin or Cork, voluntary severance, or possibly "redundancy". The union said its members will fight the decision and said the action of Aer Lingus management was entirely unnecessary. It said cabin crew are balloting for industrial action, with the ballot due to be completed on 30 October.
UPDATE October 30: No winter strike fears at Aer Lingus, says Mueller
Customers have been told they should have no fears about strike action at Aer Lingus in the run-up to Christmas, even as unions ballot for industrial action. Passengers have no reason to worry that that there could be industrial action at the airline, according to chief executive Christoph Mueller.
Alitalia pilots union announces 4-hour strike
Alitalia's main pilots' union has announced a four-hour strike for Oct. 29 to pressure management for details on how they intend to return the struggling carrier to health.
UILT secretary-general Marco Veneziano said in a statement the union could hold more strikes — up to a combined total of 48 hours — until it receives "a credible plan" for saving Italy's flagship airline. The union rejects proposals for layoffs and demands a clear plan that includes an international partner and new management.
Possible strikes in Italy
Check your flight for Friday October 18 in Italy.
There are strikes possible by air traffic control in Italy and groundhandling companies in Firenze, Venice and Milan Linate and Malpensa.
Lusaka Airport Workers Strike
Pilots quarrel with Norwegian
Negotiations between the pilots and Norwegian Air broke off on Monday, leading to warnings of a strike in two weeks.
That would probably ground much of Norwegian’s fleet around Europe, adding to theDreamliner trouble that already has severely disrupted Norwegian’s launch of long-haul routes to Bangkok and New York last summer.
UPDATE NOVEMBER 4: Norwegian Air pilots call off strike
UK Swissport workers vote for strike over pay
The ground handling company’s satff at Gatwick, Heathrow, Manchester, and Stansted airports balloted vote in favor of strike action by 94 percent in a row over pay.
The size of the vote made the company to request an urgent meeting with Britain’s largest trade union Unite on Wednesday to resolve the matter.
French air traffic controllers' strike threatens flight chaos
Air France union calls for strike Nov. 20-24
A trade union of Air France flight attendants called on Thursday for its members to strike from Nov. 20 to Nov. 24 over a fresh round of cost cuts and plans to lay off 2,800 workers.
Air France intends to give details of the cost-saving measures on Oct. 4, but has already unveiled plans to cut 2,800 jobs on top of 5,122 layoffs announced as part of its "Transform 2015" restructuring programme.
The UNSA Aerien union, one of three unions for on-board personnel at Air France, did not say whether flights would be cancelled as a result of its strike. The other two unions have issued no instructions to strike.