THAI ground service staff threaten strike action
Ground service staff working for Thai Airways International (THAI) plan to go on strike on April 13 to press for higher pay.
The strike would happen at all airports in Thailand and workers have the right to strike under labour law. If the strike happens, catering and ground services would be affected, said a THAI executive.
Airport Staff in Iceland to Strike
Eighty-eight percent of the members of the three unions with employees at ISAVIA, the company which the operates airports in Iceland, voted in favor of holding four short strikes, closing all airports in Iceland and disrupting all air traffic to and from Iceland, eyjan.is reports.
The strikes will occur on April 8, 23 and 25 between 4 and 9 am. A general strike will occur on April 30, which will also run from 4 to 9 am and continue until further notice.
Beirut Air Traffic Control Services to Partially Suspend Work on Tuesday
The Air Traffic Controllers' committee announced on Saturday that it will partially suspend its work at the Rafic Hariri International Airport on Tuesday, to protest the new wage scale draft law.
"We cannot but protest to restate the demands of the air traffic controllers, whose technical specialties and particular skills are responsible for the safety of passengers arriving in and leaving Lebanon,” the committee said in a released statement.
The work suspension will take place on Tuesday from 10 am to 12 pm.
Thomas Cook Airlines facing summer strike threat
Thomas Cook Airlines is reported to be facing the threat of industrial action this summer in a mounting row with cabin crew.
The company is proposing to reduce the number of cabin crew on its aircraft to the minimum allowed under EU rules.
The Unite union is balloting nearly 1,000 of its members in a consultative ballot for industrial action.
Lufthansa pilots to stage 3-day strike next week
A union representing pilots at Germany's Lufthansa has called for a three-day strike next week in a long-running pay dispute.
The Vereinigung Cockpit union said it is calling on pilots to walk off the job next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 2-4. The union said Friday it is currently ruling out any further strikes until the end of the Easter vacation.
German public-sector strike to affect Frankfurt airport
German services trade union Verdi said it would extend strike calls in support of higher public sector pay to staff at Frankfurt airport next Thursday, adding to a list of actions likely to hamper German air traffic.
"It is safe to assume that there will be considerable delays that day," the union said in a statement.A spokesman for Frankfurt airport operator Fraport said that the company called on the union not let the dispute affect airline passengers.
In addition, German airline Lufthansa is facing more strikes after pilots voted on Friday to back their demands for better pay and working conditions with industrial action.
The pilots' union has not set a date yet for the strike but did not plan, for now, to call it over the Easter holidays.
UPDATE: In addition to staff at Frankfurt Airport, )workers at six other German airports have announced plans to stage a strike on 27 March 2014. The strike action is expected to begin in the early morning and last until 1400 local time (1300 UTC).
Considerable delays and cancellations are likely to occur at Cologne Bonn Airport, Dusseldorf Airport , Hamburg Airport, Hannover Airport, Stuttgart Airport and Munich Airport.
Jersey baggage handlers ballot over Easter strike action
Baggage handlers at Jersey Airport are being balloted over industrial action, the union Unite said.
They are threatening to strike over potential changes to working hours and conditions after changes to service providers at the airport.
Up to 25 Unite members will be balloted on whether take action. If they decide to strike a union spokesman said it could be over the Easter break.
The spokesman said the count would be made on 4 April.
Pilots at Germany's Lufthansa vote for strike
German airline Lufthansa is facing more strike woes after pilots voted to bolster their demands for better pay and working conditions with industrial action.
More than 90 percent of the German flagship carrier's pilots voted in favor of going on strike, union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC), which represents about 5,400 Lufthansa pilots, said on Friday.
"No one of us really wants to strike and we've been negotiating very patiently, but our patience has run out," the pilots' chief negotiator Thomas von Sturm told journalists.
On Friday, the union said it would announce any strike action 48 hours in advance to give passengers time to change their travel plans.
Go! Airlines in Hawaii to Close April 1
Mesa Air Group, doing business as the controversial airline go! Airlines in Hawaii, will close April 1, the company announced in a statement today.
The airline is largely blamed as the reason why longtime beloved airline Aloha Airlines closed its doors in 2008. Aloha Airlines cited losses from the lengthy interisland airfare war triggered by go! airlines when the older airline filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to a 2008 report in the Pacific Business News by now-Civil Beat reporter Chad Blair.
French Air-Traffic Controllers Striking Set to Disrupt Flights
A strike tomorrow by air-traffic controllers across France will result in a reduction of as many as 30 percent of flights at Paris’s airports, the civil aviation authority said.
Several unions representing air-traffic controllers at airports in Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Toulouse have called the one-day strike, the authority said in an e-mailed statement.
At Paris’s Charles de Gaule and Orly airports, 30 percent of flights will be canceled, while at airports in Lyon, Marseille, Nice and Toulouse the reduction will be 20 percent, it said.
Air traffic affected by strike at Khartoum airport
Khartoum International Airport (KIA) has witnessed a state of utter chaos and confusion following a strike by the security personnel which affected scheduled flight arrival and departure times for several hours.
The security staff staged a sit-in for 8 hours and disabled safety devices in protest of the KIA administration’s decision to hire a private company to run the security work at the airport.
Another Air India staff strike brewing?
There is trouble yet again for the national carrier. And it is brewing within the Air India family. All India Cabin Crew Association has told Headlines Today that they do not rule out striking work in the days to come. AICCA member on condition of anonymity said, "There have been twelve terminations in the last couple of days in Delhi itself. Management says refusal to fly is the reason for the action. But has anyone even bothered to ask on what grounds have the crew refused to fly. The management is painting a false picture. There is rampant corruption in the organisation that is responsible for the present state". The AICCA further states that they are expecting a reply from the MD and if they do not receive a reply then they would be forced to serve strike notice to the management.
Ghana - Air Traffic Controllers On Strike...Hundreds Of Travelers Stranded
Ghana Air Traffic Controllers Association (GHATCA), has declared a partial strike action at various airports in the country.
Hundreds of passengers have been stranded at the Kotoka International Airport due to a sit-down strike by Air Traffic Controllers.
LOT employees hold strike vote
Labor unions in Poland’s national air carrier LOT Polish Airlines launched a strike referendum on Thursday. They are protesting against the management’s decision to change remuneration rules.
Pilots’ union spokesperson Maciej Farski told the Polish Press Agency that the vote will be held by all union organizations at the airline. He did not specify what form of strike could be carried out if the vote is in favor of a protest.
TWU threatens strike over Qantas job cuts
A major union is threatening strike action after Qantas announced it is axing 5000 jobs over three years.
Transport Workers Union national secretary Tony Sheldon has called on the federal government to meet with the airline to find ways of avoiding the job cuts.
"But if (Treasurer) Joe Hockey's not prepared to do that, then it's industrial action that the workforce should be considering," Mr Sheldon told reporters in Sydney.
"In this country, if the government won't stand up for jobs and for the Australian icon, then we will."
Air Namibia Braces Itself for a Strike
AIR Namibia is bracing for industrial action by workers after salary negotiations between the parastatal and the Namibia Transport and Allied Workers Union (Natau) reached a deadlock.
The announcement of the deadlock was made by both Air Namibia and Natau.
Air Namibia spokesperson Paulus Nakawa yesterday warned of possible flight and service disruptions if Natau decides to down tools. The workers started voting on Friday and the results of whether they will resort to strike action or not will be known today.
Union calls on Frankfurt airport security staff to strike Friday
German trade union Verdi has called on security workers at Frankfurt airport to go on strike on Friday in a bid to push for higher pay, a move likely to cause widespread disruption at Europe's third largest hub.
The airport employs around 5,000 people in areas such as security controls, freight checks and airport security and services, Verdi said in a statement on Thursday. The strike will begin at 0100 GMT and run until 2200 GMT, the union said. "We believe this could cause significant disruption," Verdi negotiator Mathias Venema said.
Geneva airport shut down due to security incident
Authorities have shut down Geneva International Airport due to an unspecified security incident, likely involving an Ethiopian Airlines flight.
Communications from the airport's air traffic control said the situation was in progress early Monday morning, but did not say what it was.
The airlinereleased a statement Monday morning saying that Flight 702, en route to Rome, was forced to land in Geneva.
The plane had taken off from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. It was "forced to proceed" to the Geneva airport, the airline said.
Volcanic eruption in Indonesia closes 3 airports
Volcanic ash from a major eruption in Indonesia shrouded a large swath of the country's most densely populated island on Friday and closed three nearby international airports.
Jogyakarta, Solo and Surabaya airports were closed due to reduced visibility and the dangers posed to aircraft engines by ash. Virgin Australia said it had cancelled all its Friday flights to Bali, Phuket, Christmas Island and Cocos Island because of the eruption.
Holiday strike for Air France - Transavia pilots
A PILOTS’ strike threatens to cause misery for some families planning a trip abroad during the upcoming school holidays.
The Union of Air France Pilots (SPAF) has called for three days of action between February 22 and 25 over the company’s plans to draft its employees to low-cost subsidiary Transavia, which operates out of Orly.
Fear of airport strikes grow as Dublin Airport Authority staff sanction action
Fears of strike action at the country’s main airports rose today after staff at the Dublin Airport Authority sanctioned both industrial and strike action on foot of a long-running pension dispute.
Trade union Siptu balloted staff at the DAA who are members of the Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme (IASS). The defined benefit pension vehicle serves thousands of former and current staff members at the DAA, Aer Lingus and Shannon Airport.
UPDATE: Shannon Airport join airline staff strike
SIPTU members at the Shannon Airport Authority have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action in a dispute over their troubled pension scheme.