French air traffic controllers have walked out on strike causing disruption for thousands of passengers. The walkout is the latest move but controllers in their campaign against plans to create a single European air traffic control system.
Baggage scanning staff at London Stansted Airport have called off a strike planned for the Bank Holiday weekend. Officials at the GMB union, which represents the striking workers, announced the decision earlier following talks with airport managers.
To the relief of the tourism industry in Paris, striking workers at the Eiffel Tower have decided to end their protest and reopen the historic landmark to the public. A workers’ strike had closed the attraction on Tuesday, as 300 staff walked out during negotiations over increases to salaries.
Air traffic controllers in France have called off the third day of a walkout planned for tomorrow. Some 1,800 flights were cancelled out of about 7,650 scheduled yesterday and a similar number are expected to be affected today.
Aviation passengers across Europe are set to face a week of disruption after air traffic controllers in France announced they would strike for three days. Beginning tomorrow, all airlines in France have been asked to cancel half of their planned schedules, while all flights through French airspace are likely to be disrupted.
Members of the Public & Commercial Services Union have confirmed they will walk out on strike next weekend, potentially disrupting border checks around the UK. The move is part of a wider ‘weekend of action’ from the union, which is protesting against changes to pay, pensions and working conditions in the public sector.
Ground staff and cabin crew at Spanish flag-carrier Iberia have begun 15 days of strikes. Workers are reacting to plans to lay off 3,800 workers as managers seek to return the airline to profitability.
Passengers with Spanish airline Iberia are likely to face disruption in the coming weeks, with staff at the flag-carrier having announced 15 days of strikes. Staff are protesting against plans to cut 4,500 jobs at the carrier, roughly a quarter of the present workforce.
Cabin crew at Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific have voted for industrial action in a dispute over pay. Cabin crew at the carrier have been calling for a five per cent increase in wages, but the airline has offered only two per cent.
Aviation in several European states has been disrupted as air traffic controllers walk out as part of a coordinated wave of strikes. Action by the European Trade Union Confederation has seen workers down tools in Spain, Greece, Portugal and Italy, with other protests planned in Belgium, Germany, and France.
The European Trade Union Confederation has announced it will seek a “day of action” tomorrow, with the potential to disrupt aviation across the continent. The body said in a statement the aim of the day is to call upon leaders to demonstrate their determination to get to end deterioration of employment in Europe.
Brittany Ferries has announced the end of industrial action at the line, with staff having agreed to a new pay deal. Services are now set to resume on Tuesday afternoon.