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.
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.