Tuesday strike will reduce flights

October 9, 2017 by  
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PARIS, 9 October 2017: The French civil aviation authority (DGAC) has recommended that airlines reduce their flights by 30% on Tuesday due to a strike call by civil service unions, the transport ministry said Friday.

The airports affected are likely to include Paris’ two main airports, Charles de Gaulle and Orly, as well as  Beauvais, Lyon, Nice, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Nantes.

“Disruptions are expected throughout the country” Tuesday, the ministry said in a statement. Read more

Lufthansa ends wage battle

March 16, 2017 by  
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FRANKFURT, 16 March 2017: German airline group Lufthansa and pilots’ union Cockpit said Wednesday they had struck a new deal to end a years-long battle over pay, pensions and jobs.

Under the agreement, some 5,400 pilots flying for Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo, and low-cost subsidiary Germanwings will enjoy a salary increase of 11.4% over a period from May 2012 to June 2022.

The airlines will also pay flight crew a one-off bonus of 1.8 months’ salary. Read more

Strike extends at Berlin airports

March 14, 2017 by  
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BERLIN, 14 March 2017: Workers at two airports in Berlin on Monday afternoon said they would extend a walkout over pay that has grounded almost all flights out of the German capital.

Service workers’ union Verdi on Sunday said it would call ground personnel out on strike just two days after their last walkout on Friday.

The stoppage was slated to begin at 0400 (0300 GMT) Monday and last until 1700 (0400 GMT) Tuesday, affecting some 660 flights. Read more

New strike hits Berlin airports

March 13, 2017 by  
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BERLIN, 13 March 2017: Passengers flying in and out of Berlin airports face delays or cancellations Monday due to a ground crew strike over pay, union officials said.

The union, Verdi, said it is calling on ground personnel at Berlin’s Tegel and Schoenefeld airports to halt work from 0400 (0300 GMT) Monday to 0500 (0400 GMT) Tuesday.

The latest stoppage comes just two days after a walk-out on Friday grounded more than 650 flights in Berlin. Read more

Strike threat looms over ITB Berlin

March 6, 2017 by  
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BERLIN, 6 March 2017: Travel industry players heading to the world’s biggest tourism trade fair in Berlin, mid-week, may face delays at the capital’s two airports after ground staff voted in favour of strikes in a pay dispute.

The strike is not likely to get underway until after the Tuesday deadline set by the labour union.

Most visitors to ITB will already be in town by then, but  the strike could delay trade show delegates leaving Berlin on Friday if the dispute extends beyond a day or two. Read more

Lufthansa bows to pay demands

February 16, 2017 by  
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FRANKFURT, 16 February 2017: German airline Lufthansa said Wednesday it had agreed to boost pilots’ salaries by 8.7% over four years, hoping to end years of disputes and costly strikes by air crew.

Pilots’ first pay increase will be backdated to 1 January, 2016 and the last is slated for 1 January, 2019, while the agreement will remain valid until the end of that year, Lufthansa said in a statement.

Pilots will also receive a one-off bonus payment of between 5,000 and 6,000 euros under the deal, or “around half a month of salary” per person, pilots’ union Cockpit noted in its own statement. Read more

Berlin airport hit by strike

February 16, 2017 by  
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BERLIN, 16 February 2017: Passengers should expect flight delays and cancellations at Berlin’s two airports Thursday due to a ground crew strike over pay, union officials announced.

The strike, which the Verdi union referred to as a “warning”, is scheduled to last from 1500 GMT to 2100 GMT. “Travellers will have to expect long delays and possibly also flight cancellations,” it said.

Lufthansa, Germany’s largest airline, warned passengers that up to 30 flights could be cancelled. Read more

BA starts New Year with a strike

January 4, 2017 by  
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LONDON, 4 January 2017: A group of British Airways cabin crew on Tuesday announced a 48-hour walkout for later in January, in an ongoing pay dispute which saw the airline narrowly avert a Christmas Day strike.

Up to 2,700 cabin crew are due to strike from 10 January after rejecting a deal proposed by the airline in December, Unite union said.

Last month’s offer averted a walkout originally planned for Christmas Day and 26 December (Boxing Day), but 70% of Unite members involved in the dispute subsequently rejected it in a vote which ended on 1 January. Read more

Strikes end Eiffel Tower visits

December 18, 2016 by  
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PARIS, 19 December 2016: The festive season in Paris kicked off at the weekend without any tourist trips to the iconic Eiffel Tower, where a labour strike ground on for a fifth day.

Unions leading the work stoppage by the 300-strong staff are not demanding wage increases but are protesting against what they describe as “unproductive dialogue with management, and its deliberate lack of transparency on strategic decisions”.

In mid-December the iron tower gets about 6,000 visitors per day, but the Christmas rush starts on Saturday when as many as 20,000 are expected daily. Read more

Lufthansa offers new pay deal

December 1, 2016 by  
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BERLIN, 1 December 2016: German airline Lufthansa on Wednesday said it had offered striking pilots a fresh pay deal in a bid to end a long-running and crippling dispute.

Six days of industrial action over the past week have forced Lufthansa to cancel 4,461 flights, grounding more than half a million passengers.

On Wednesday, around 98,000 customers were affected by 890 cancellations. Read more

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