Members of the Public & Commercial Services Union (PCS) – which includes immigration officers and some air traffic controllers – have confirmed they will join a public strike on June 30th. They will join as many as 250,000 members of the union during industrial action centred on a disagreement with government over pensions, retirement age and wages.
Travellers in Greece have been warned to expect major delays as public transport was hit by a general strike. With parliamentarians today discussing the latest round of austerity measures in the financially stricken country, demonstrators have taken to Syntagma Square in Athens to make their displeasure known.
Baggage handlers at Brussels Airport have walked out on strike causing the cancellation of many flights at the property. Joined by aircraft loading staff, baggage handlers are unhappy the airport will replace Aviapartner with Swissport in November.
Potential strike action at Irish flag-carrier Aer Lingus has been called off following a deal with pilots’ unions at the carrier. Thousands of passengers had faced disruption today as pilots threatened to walk out in a dispute over the implementation of a new roster.
Potential Aer Lingus passengers are still no closer to discovering if their flights will depart tomorrow as pilots’ unions continued to threaten strike action. With just hours remaining to secure a deal, airline officials were this morning locked in talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
Holiday plans for thousands could be thrown into chaos after pilots from Virgin Atlantic agreed to ballot for a strike in July. The planned action by up to 750 pilots will hit key long-haul routes during the school summer holidays.
Cabin crew at British Airways have voted in favour of further industrial action in a long-running dispute over pay and conditions. Employees voted eight-to-one in favour of new strikes, with disruption now possible over the Easter break.
Holidaymakers set to travel over Easter look likely to be spared a series of strikes by Spanish airport employees. A preliminary agreement between unions and employers has been reached, potentially averting plans for up to 22 days of industrial action.
Talks aimed at averting a series of strikes at Spanish airports have broken down, with thousands of travellers now facing delays over the Easter holidays. Initial discussions between airport authority Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea and the Spanish government failed to reach agreement earlier, with 22 days of strike action subsequently announced.