Histadrut Union Declares Strike: Ben Gurion Airport To Shut Down
Israel’s largest labor union has called for a strike for Wednesday morning. This comes at one of the busiest times of the year when tens of thousands of Christians come to Israel to celebrate Christmas.
Barring a last minute deal the strike will include workers at Ben Gurion airport, El Al, government offices, hospitals and schools.
The airport has been making plans in advance to allow more than 5000 passengers to depart before the 6:00am deadline.
El Al Pilots Once Again a No-show at Ben-Gurion
Flights from Ben-Gurion International Airport to New York and Brussels were canceled on Monday after El Al pilots failed to show up, while last minute changes were made for flights to Barcelona.
Pilots failing to show up for flights are nothing new at El Al. Just last week, a flight from Beijing to Tel Aviv was canceled after El Al pilots there took slowdown measures.
While El Al treats these instances as work disruptions, the Histadrut labor federation asserts they are “most likely a technical problem in assigning pilots.”
Virgin Atlantic’s Hong Kong crews call strike tomorrow
Hong Kong-based Virgin Atlantic cabin crew will stage a wildcat strike starting tomorrow, in a bid to stave off job losses announced by the British airline last month.
Travellers flying Virgin Atlantic this Christmas are being warned the London flight may not take-off as a result of the industrial action which will start on December 21st until January 1st.
Action is being taken after the company sacked 50 older cabin crew based in Hong Kong in a cost-cutting drive.
PIA employees to go on strike
The Pakistan International Airline employees will hold a strike for three hours everyday, starting from Tuesday, Aaj News reported.
The employees will stage protests outside the airports all over Pakistan.
To protest the privatization of national carrier PIA’s privatization, employees will boycott work from 8:30 am to 11:30 am every day.
Chile threatened by airport strike ahead of holidays
Workers tied to Chile's civil aviation authority announced a 48-hour strike for Thursday and Friday this week, potentially causing airport chaos just as the country gears up for the Christmas holidays.
In September, a 24-hour strike stranded thousands of passengers and led to long lines at airports, after a majority of workers affiliated with the DGAC, or civil aviation authority, went on strike to demand improved benefits and working conditions.
After two months of negotiations, DGAC workers, which includes air traffic controllers, said on Monday that they had rejected the government's proposal for a state subsidy to improve their pensions.
"The workers agreed to go on strike for 48 hours on Thursday and Friday," union head Jose Perez told Reuters.
"Unless there is an improvement in the government offer very soon, the stoppage will go ahead," he said.
UPDATE: Chile's airports to resume normal operations as strike ends
Chile's Defence Minister said the government and workers tied to the civil aviation authority reached an agreement Sunday, ending a four-day strike that forced airlines to cancel hundreds of flights and left thousands of passengers stranded.