Protests hit Argentina ahead of national strike
Argentine workers began picketing and blocking roads Wednesday ahead of a 24-hour national strike Thursday to demand higher wages and tax breaks in a country that is experincing one of the world’s fastest rising inflation rates.
The strike will ground air traffic, subways and trains and shut down banks, cargo transport, gas stations, ports, restaurants, trash collection, hospitals and schools.
Lufthansa talks fail, pilots threaten strike at height of holidays
Pilots for German airline Lufthansa announced their imminent intent to strike, at the peak of the European summer holidays, after declaring contract talks at an impasse.
The most recent work stoppage in April cause 90 per cent of Lufthansa flights to be cancelled, and the airline said its losses were in the tens of millions of dollars.
Current talks with the company over pension issues have failed, the pilots‘ union said. A union spokesman said stoppages could begin immediately, but promised to give enough notice to avoid leaving passengers stranded at airports.
Chaos in Milos Airport due to Traffic Controller’s Sickness
At the peak of the tourist season, when a record number of tourists have arrived in Greece, an unexpected problem ruined the good image of the Greek island of Milos.
On August 20, the morning flights from the island to Athens and vice-versa were cancelled because the only civil protection officer, who is also the air traffic controller of the airport, suffered low back pain and was transferred to Milos hospital.
Chaos broke out in Milos’ airport because there is no one to replace the employee who had to take a leave of absence for a few days. Yesterday’s morning flight was cancelled and there is no information about what will happen next.
Madrid airport staff to strike in late August
Staff at Madrid's Adolfo Suárez Barajas airport have called a strike for the last weekend of August to protest the privatization of Spain's state-owned airport operator.
AENA staff called off their initial strike for August 15th and 17th but have now decided to hold it from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st.
Flights begin to normalize after Argentina pilot strike
Argentina’s flag carrier flights began to normalize at noon today after the AAA, the APLA and the UALA unions, three major pilots groups among air traffic workers, complied with the mandatory conciliation declared this morning by the Ministry of Labour.
The pilots had launched a strike at 7 am today demanding salary talks to be resumed. Aerolíneas Argentinas (AA), in turn, said the walkout “broke” current wage agreements.
All domestic flights, as well as those to Santiago de Chile and Asuncion, were cancelled.
Gatwick airport baggage chaos: holiday-makers 'face flying without luggage'
Holidaymakers face flying without their luggage on one of the busiest weekends of the year as baggage handlers suffer a critical shortage of staff, airlines have warned.
Travellers flying from Gatwick this weekend can expect chaotic scenes because Swissport, the baggage handling firm, does not have enough workers to load and unload planes. Two airlines warned that difficulties at the airport could worsen over the next four months because airlines are locked in to contracts with Swissport.
The problem is most acute at weekends because the firm is using staff on zero-hours contracts who do not wish to work anti-social hours, it is claimed.
Airlines using Swissport at Gatwick for baggage handling services include British Airways, Virgin, Monarch, Thomas Cook and Thomson.
French airport strike set to hit big getaway
Anyone heading to the airport to catch an Air France flight on Saturday should brace for delays after ground staff unions called a strike in protest over deteriorating working conditions.
The walkout is expected to last from 1am until midnight on a key getaway day for holidaymakers.
Orly and Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airports in Paris will be particularly affected, while regional airports will also experience disruption.
TAP pilots plan strike
Pilots at Portuguese airline TAP have announced a strike for next month, which could affect up to 40,000 passengers, president of Portugal's Pilots of Civil Aviation Syndicate (SPAC) said Monday.
"This is a red flag for TAP and partly to its shareholder," told Jaime Prieto, president of the syndicate of civil aviation pilots.
The strike was planned during a general assembly in July by SPAC and is scheduled for Aug. 9.
Baggage Strikes Planned for August at Mallorcas Son Sant Joan Airport
An announcement was made this week that strike action has been called for by baggage handlers at Palma International Airport.
They are apparently unhappy that agreements made in April relating to wages, working hours and lack of staff have not been met, and are therefore suggesting strike action on 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 , 15, 16 and 17th of August.
The strikes are set to cause flight delays and potentially affect up to 1 million passengers.
Air France airport staff to strike 2 August
Ground staff at working for Air France at French airports are due to strike on Saturday 2 August at the height of the holiday season. The largest union at the national airline has issued a strike call to oppose subcontracting work.
Alitalia pilots and flight crew set strike for July 20
Italy’s pilots and flight attendants belonging to three labour unions have called for a strike on July 20 to protest against their exclusion from talks on the Etihad-Alitalia deal.
The Abu Dhabi carrier has been in discussions to acquire a 49 per cent stake in ailing Alitalia.
The Italian government yesterday also met Alitalia representatives, bank creditors and investors to finalise the deal.
The members of labour unions Anpac, Avia and Anpav that represent pilots and crew in Italy have called for a 24-hour strike across all airlines operating in the country.