A week of disruption is ahead of hundreds of thousands of European passengers who will see their travel plans thwarted by a wave of air traffic control strikes. Airlines have been asked to reduce their flight offerings in France by 25 per cent and more than 1,000 flights are expected to be cancelled.
Drives on the London Night Tube are to be balloted over potential strike action, the RMT union has confirmed. The decision is the latest stage in a long-running dispute over pay and jobs on the newly launched service.
Unite has announced that its cabin crew members working for British Airways Mixed Fleet will take a further six days of strike action at the start of February. Members of the union are continuing a dispute over what the organisation brands “poverty pay”.
Members of the Unite union working as cabin crew for British Airways ‘mixed fleet’ have announced a new 48-hour strike. The industrial action is scheduled to start on Tuesday, January 10th. United argues the decision was unavoidable after the airline refused to extend the mandate of an ongoing strike vote to allow for talks to resolve a dispute over pay to continue.
Representatives from Unite and British Airways are meeting in London today to as the union prepares to call cabin crew out on strike over Christmas. Ahead of the tales, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “I am delighted that British Airways has heeded our calls for talks.”
Deutsche Lufthansa has made the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union a new offer to resolve the present industrial dispute. The move follows days of strike action in recent weeks with hundreds of thousands of passengers hit by disruption. The airline is now offering a two-step 4.4 per cent increase in remuneration plus a one-off payment.
A series of strikes on Southern trains in the UK has begun as a long running dispute over the role of guards on-board. Three days of industrial action began at midnight and is set to continue until Friday morning. Southern said it expected to run nearly two thirds of its services over the period.
Members of the RMT trade union working on Virgin Trains East Coast have begun a 24-hour strike. The action is the latest in a long-running dispute over jobs. The union said about 1,800 members, including train crew and some drivers, were taking part in the industrial action.
Thousands of European passengers are likely to see their travel plans disrupted again today with the latest air traffic control strike in Europe. The strike is expected to last for 35 hours and will see hundreds of flight cancellations - delays and time-consuming detours not included, according to the Airlines For Europe aviation pressure group.
Ryanair has called again on the European Commission to take action to prevent the skies over Europe being closed once more by French air traffic controllers’ union strikes, targeting the European Championships. Ryanair has been forced to cancel 44 flights on Tuesday, to/from and over France, in what will be the 50th French strike since 2009, and tenth in the past 12 weeks.
Railways workers in France have walked out on strike in a dispute over labour reforms in the country. Unions are concerned over proposed plans to make it easier to hire and fire employees. The strikes are expected to cause disruption across the French rail network today.