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.
Just ten days after extensive disruption in European aviation, a new French air traffic controller strike will today cause disruption to travel plans. Millions of European travellers are expected to be hit by the action, the 43rd strike day in France since 2009.
German flag-carrier Lufthansa has cancelled more than 900 flights today as cabin crew walk out on strike. Lufthansa said 929 of the 3,000 planned scheduled flights to or from Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Munich would be cancelled today, affecting 113,000 passengers.
Passenger at the Port of Calais continued to be hit by disruption this morning as a strike by ferry workers entered a third day. MyFerryLink workers walked out on Monday over the sale of the company’s ferries to the rival firm DFDS Seaways. The sale is expected to be completed tomorrow, when MyFerryLink will also cease operations.
Caledonian MacBrayne ferry services have been cancelled after the Rail & Maritime union called staff out on strike in a dispute over the potential sale of the organisation. Two thirds of ferry services on the west coast of Scotland have been suspended as a result. The strike, which started at midnight and will last for 24 hours, follows two days of work to rule at the ferry company.
More than a third of flights to and from France are expected to be cancelled today as members of the SNCTA union walk out on strike in a dispute over working conditions. The largest union in France has called for a strike over proposals to raise the retirement age for air traffic controllers by two years to 59.
German flag-carrier has been hit by new strike action from pilots, with more than 1,350 flights cancelled today as a result. Talks between the pilots’ unions and the airline collapsed earlier, unable to reach an agreement in a row over retirement benefits.
Pilots at troubled flag-carrier Air France have ended a 14 day strike which had grounded half of the airline’s flights, costing millions of euros. A late-night negotiating session with management saw leaders of the SNPL pilot union agree to return to work, despite no deal being agreed.
Baggage handlers at some of the biggest airports in the UK are threatening to walk out on strike in a dispute over pay. Employees of Swissport - who work at Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted and Manchester airports – voted in favour of industrial action earlier.