04/09/2014

Union could take 1,300 Norwegian staff on strike

17-4-2014
Union could take 1,300 Norwegian staff on strike

Norway's Parat Union has threatened to take more than 1,300 Norwegian Airlines employees out on strike if the airline does not agree to a joint collective bargaining agreement for the cabin crew by April 30.

"The cabin crew may be taken out on strike on April 30," Parat chief Hans-Erik Skjæggerud told E24. "We have not received approval for continued joint collective bargaining agreement for the cabin crew."

UPDATE April 30: The risk of 1,230 Norwegian Airlines' cabin crew going on strike next week has grown after talks between the company and Norway's Parat Union ground to a halt after midnight on Wednesday night without an agreement.

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Malindo Air staff strike over pay dispute

17-4-2014
Malindo Air staff strike over pay dispute

Tempers flared at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) when disgruntled baggage handlers were accused of refusing to unload luggage from a Malindo Air flight from New Dehli.

Mas Zuhairin Zubir, who was among those affected, said passengers had to wait almost three hours for their luggage before they could leave the airport. “The flight arrived on schedule at 6.15am but I only got my bags at 9.07am,” said the training and development manager.

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Air India pilots threaten strike

9-4-2014
Air India pilots threaten strike

A proposal to cut allowances of Air India’s pilots by 15 per cent is leading to resentment among sections of the pilots as they feel that the move will place them below the prevailing pay scales offered by other airlines.

Officials downplayed the possibility of pilots striking work over the issue which could affect the airline’s operations during the summer season.

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Flights cancelled ahead of Milan airports strike

8-4-2014
Flights cancelled ahead of Milan airports strike

Flights have been cancelled ahead of a strike by airport workers at Milan’s two airports on Friday.

Baggage handlers are reported to be planning the walkout between 1pm and 5pm local time at both Malpensa and Linate airports.

EasyJet warned in a posting to passengers on its website: “This will affect flights to and from the Milan airports and unfortunately as a consequence of this we have taken an early decision to cancel a number of flights to allow you to make alternative travel plans during the holiday period.”

The airline added: “We also strongly advise you that if you wish to travel and want to rebook your easyJet flights – you should avoid rebooking flights on the same day as there is some likelihood of further disruption that could cause further cancellations.”

A second wave of strike action is planned between the same times on May 4.

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LATAM Airlines faces Chile cabin crew strike; domestic flights affected

7-4-2014
LATAM Airlines faces Chile cabin crew strike; domestic flights affected

Cabin crew members of LATAM Airlines' Chilean unit will go on strike Tuesday to demand better salary and working conditions, forcing the regional carrier to cancel or reprogram more than 100 domestic flights.

"We were in talks with the company all weekend long, but it was impossible to reach an agreement because of the lack of minimum conditions that we feel are non-negotiable," Giannina Fiora, union leader for cabin crew members of the LAN Express unit, said in an interview.

update: The strike originally planned for Tuesday among LAN Express cabin crew members has been postponed by 24 hours, but the airline has canceled 10 percent of domestic flights this week to minimize the potential effect of a strike that is “likely” to come in the next few days.

Details of flights affected throughout the week can be found on the official website — the airline has promised to refund tickets through the ticket office or call center, and offered a free flight change to passengers within the next 60 days.

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07/05/2014

THAI ground service staff threaten strike action

31-03-2014
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.

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Airport Staff in Iceland to Strike

31-03-2014
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.

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Beirut Air Traffic Control Services to Partially Suspend Work on Tuesday

29-03-2014
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.

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Thomas Cook Airlines facing summer strike threat

28-03-2014
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.

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Lufthansa pilots to stage 3-day strike next week

28-03-2014
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.

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German public-sector strike to affect Frankfurt airport

23-03-2014
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.

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Jersey baggage handlers ballot over Easter strike action

21-03-2014
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.

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Pilots at Germany's Lufthansa vote for strike

21-03-2014
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.

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Go! Airlines in Hawaii to Close April 1

18-03-2014
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.

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French Air-Traffic Controllers Striking Set to Disrupt Flights

17-03-2014
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.

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Air traffic affected by strike at Khartoum airport

16-03-2014
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.

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Another Air India staff strike brewing?

10-03-2014
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.

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Ghana - Air Traffic Controllers On Strike...Hundreds Of Travelers Stranded

04-03-2014
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.

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LOT employees hold strike vote

28-02-2014
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.

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TWU threatens strike over Qantas job cuts

27-02-2014
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."

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Air Namibia Braces Itself for a Strike

27-02-2014
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.

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Union calls on Frankfurt airport security staff to strike Friday

20-02-2014
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.

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Geneva airport shut down due to security incident

17-02-2014
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.

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Volcanic eruption in Indonesia closes 3 airports

14-02-2014
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.

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Holiday strike for Air France - Transavia pilots

13-02-2014
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.

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Fear of airport strikes grow as Dublin Airport Authority staff sanction action

11-02-2014
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.

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05/03/2014

Is Merpati Airlines close to collapse in Indonesia?

29-01-2014
Is Merpati Airlines close to collapse in Indonesia?

Regional carrier Merpati could experience its last moments as the airline struggles to survive and has even suspended the payment of its employees. Strikes are now threatening the nearly bankrupt carrier.

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Air Traffic Control strike in Europe on 29th and on 30th Jan 2014

26-01-2014
Air Traffic Control strike in Europe on 29th and on 30th Jan 2014

( air traffic controller is one of the best-paying jobs in de industry, check with google )


Italy
29th Jan: Union called strike from 1200-1600 UTC.
30th Jan: Unions called strike from 1400-1415 UTC.

Update 3 France
French unons have announced participation to the strike from 29th 1800 UTC until 0500 UTC on 31st.

See also: http://dsnado.canalblog.com/

Portugal
Portuguese ATCO Union called for a strike on 29th January between 0700-0900 and 1400-1600 UTC.

On the 30th January, AIS/COM and Maintenance staff may participate in an industrial action, some disruptions on those services may occur between 1300-1500 UTC.

Slovakia
ATCO Union has announced participation to the strike on 30th January for 2 hours between 0800-1000 UTC.

Czech Republic
ATCO Union has announced support to the strike on 30th January between 0600-1800 UTC with work to rule actions.

Hungary
Based on the preliminary discussion with ATCO Union, support to the action has been announced on 30th January for 2 hours between 0800-1000 UTC.

Austria
ATCO Union has announced participation to the action day on the 30th January for 2 hours between 0800-1000 UTC.

Cyprus
ATCO Union has announced support to the strike on 29th January for 4 hours, between 1300-1700 UTC with work to rule actions.

Malta
Malta Air Traffic Controllers Association (MATCA) has announced support to the strike on 29th January between 0500-1700 UTC with work to rule actions.

Udate 5 Greece
ATCO union has announced participation to the action day on the 30th January for 3 hours between 0900-1200 UTC.

Udate 2 Slovenia
ATCO union has announced support to the strike on 29th of January for 7 hours, between 0600-1300 UTC with work to rule actions.

Update 4 Bulgaria
ATCO Union has announced participation to the action on the 29th and 30th January between 0500-1500 UTC.

All of these plans are subject to change, and cancellation, as the dates creep nearer, the advice as always being to check with your airline.

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New Caledonia air traffic controllers threaten strike

26-01-2014
New Caledonia air traffic controllers threaten strike

Travellers in New Caledonia have been advised to check with their airlines to see if their flights are affected by a strike notice.
Air control staff said last week they would strike from Monday morning (9am NZ time) until Friday afternoon.
However, the civil aviation authority says basic cover will be organised to ensure services from abroad and also within the territory.

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Airports Authority of India employees to conduct ballot to take call on general strike

26-01-2014
Airports Authority of India employees to conduct ballot to take call on general strike

With the government still going ahead on privatisation of six more airports despite general elections around the corner, state-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) employees will conduct a "strike ballot" on February 10 to decide on a general strike against the move.

A strike ballot is a secret ballot conducted among members of a union to decide whether to go on a strike or not.

"The government is pushing the privatisation of airports in a great hurry despite the general elections scheduled in April-May this year.

The date of strike will be decided on the outcome of the mandate, the Union said.

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