Perth airport strike looms ahead of AFL GF

afl.jpgPerth airport strike looms ahead of AFL GF

PERTH airport workers are refusing to rule out a strike over the AFL grand final weekend as a wage dispute with oil giant Shell continues.

AIRCRAFT refuellers unanimously voted to take protected industrial action against employer ZIP Airport Services, owned by Shell, in a secret ballot earlier this week.

Transport Workers Union of Australia state secretary Tim Dawson said members were now considering when they would strike, and refused to rule out the possibility of industrial action falling on grand final weekend.

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Vanuatu airport workers threaten to strike

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Workers at Vanuatu's airports have threatened to go on strike over a lack of continuity in senior management.

The National Workers Union have issued a one-month notice that all members at Airports Vanuatu Limited are preparing to walk off the job.

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Australian airport delays expected as immigration, border protection strike.

australia.jpgAustralian airport delays expected as immigration, border protection strike over pay and conditions.

Delays are expected at airports around the country as Immigration and Border Protection staff strike over pay and conditions.

The strikes, which include Border Force employees, began at international airports in Cairns, Perth and Darwin on Wednesday and will continue until Friday.

The four-hour work stoppages have been taking place in the early mornings and evenings.

Another round of walk-offs is scheduled in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane from Monday. Times for next week's strikes have not yet been set.

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Chile airports strike grounds tens of thousands

chileairport.jpgChile airports strike grounds tens of thousands

Airport workers staged a 24-hour strike Tuesday in Chile, grounding flights across the country and disrupting travel plans for an estimated 70,000 passengers.

"The situation at the airports is calm despite (the strike), which affects 100 percent of our airports, where departure operations have been cancelled," said the director general of the civil aviation authority, Maximiliano Larraechea.

He told journalists that airports would only handle arriving flights and emergency air traffic.

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Finnair: Strike to affect thousands of travellers

FINNAIR.jpgFinnair: Strike to affect thousands of travellers

A nationwide demonstration organised by employee unions against government cuts to Sunday pay supplements, sick leave benefits and holiday pay will also affect workers in the Finnish air travel industry and will affect "thousands of travelers," national airline Finnair said in a statement.

What appears to be certain is that there will be no air traffic from Finnish airports between the hours of 11 am and 1 pm on Friday. Some 13 Finnair flights will be cancelled due to the strike.

Finnair said that passengers should expect delays that could last into the weekend.

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Spanish air traffic controllers call new strikes

atc3.jpgSpanish air traffic controllers call new strikes

Spanish air traffic controllers will restart partial strikes in the coming weeks in protest against sanctions imposed by airport authorities on some staff, unions said on Monday.

Controllers will strike between 0600 CET and 1800 CET (0400 GMT to 1600 GMT) on Sept. 26 and Oct. 3, the USCA union said in a statement. It had suspended industrial action in August, one of the busiest months for tourist arrivals.

update: Spanish air traffic controllers have called off a new 12-hour stoppage planned for October 3

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Stansted airport security workers vote for fresh strike action

stansted.jpgStansted airport security workers vote for fresh strike action

AIRPORT workers have voted to strike in a dispute over pay.

Up to 30 GMB union members who operate the security scanners at Stansted Airport will walk out at the weekend.

They want a 3 per cent pay rise and have rejected the company’s 1.5 per cent offer.

The first strike will take place on Saturday, September 12, from 3.45am until 23.59pm, the second will happen from 3.45am until 1pm on Sunday, September 13.

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Lufthansa Pilots' union threatens renewed strikes

lufthansacrew.jpgLufthansa Pilots' union threatens renewed strikes.

Pilots union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) threatened renewed strike action at Lufthansa , saying the German flag carrier had rejected its offer of concessions in a long-running dispute that has cost the airline hundreds of millions of euros.

Walkouts could start any time and could hit Lufthansa, its cargo arm Lufthansa Cargo and its budget carrier Germanwings, VC said in a statement on Wednesday.

Lufthansa denied it had turned down the offer and said it regretted that VC had declared the negotiations a failure. "We hope that talks can resume," a spokesman for Lufthansa said.

UPDATE SEP 7: Deutsche Lufthansa pilots are set to go on strike Tuesday after the German airline's executive board rejected a proposal from trade union Vereinigung Cockpit last week, the union said Monday.

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