Heathrow rail service strike 4th June
May 30th, 2014 by elisa

A 24 hour strike on the Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect services has been announced for 4th June.

Rail union RMT has instructed all Heathrow Express members to take strike action from 03.00 hours on Wednesday June 4, 2014 until 02.59 hours on Thursday June 5, 2014 in response to an ongoing dispute over cuts.

The union claims 201 jobs are now under threat of redundancy because of the rail service’s plans to re-organise its workforce in order to save £6 million over the next five years.

It says the attack on jobs and working conditions are a result of the Civil Aviation Authority’s decision to cut £600 million from Heathrow Airport’s budget over the same period.

Tube strike 2014: causes chaos for passengers to airports
Apr 29th, 2014 by elisa

A 48 hour tube strike means passengers are struggling to get to London airports from today.

In addition to the Tube services, Heathrow said that its Heathrow Express and Connect overland services to and from the airport are also being disrupted.

A statement on the website said: “Due to the planned London Underground strikes, our trains are likely to be busier than usual so please allow more time for your journey.”

The Piccadilly Line is only operating between Acton Town and the Heathrow’s Terminals 1,2 and 3 and there is no Heathrow Connect service.

National Express is operating additional services between Heathrow and Victoria coach station during the strike period, however the coach operator has warned that some services may be subject to delays due to the impact of the strike.

All train services on the Gatwick Express are currently running normally, as are railways services to London City, however passengers are advised to leave extra time for their journeys.

The RMT union is striking over London Underground’s plans to close ticket offices and cut 960 jobs. It has warned that if the dispute is not resolved, then a second 72-hour strike, is planned to begin at 9pm on 5th May.

European air traffic control strikes affect flights today and tomorrow
Jan 29th, 2014 by elisa

Air traffic control strikes in Europe will affect flights today and tomorrow.

Passengers flying to Milan, Rome, Venice and Lisbon will be particularly badly affected, with many services cancelled.

Airlines worst affected are British Airways, Alitalia and Ryanair. Easyjet said is has re-scheduled some flights to avoid the strike times, but there might still be an impact due to the knock-on effect of the industrial action across networks.

Ryanair has cancelled some flights from Gatwick to Cagliari, and Stansted to Bari, and warned of possible delays to other services.

Italian air traffic controllers are on strike from 13:00 until 17:00 local time; Portuguese controllers are on strike from 07:00 to 09:00 and from 14:00 to 16:00 local time.


French air traffic controllers will walk out later today until the early hours of Friday morning. Easyjet has had to cancel a small number of flights to Paris because it said all airlines operating to and from Paris airports had been requested to reduce flights by 20%.


Europe-wide air traffic control strike
Jan 21st, 2014 by elisa

A Europe-wide air traffic control strike is planned for next Wednesday, which could lead to widespread flight disruption. 

The industrial action is in protest to the planned safety and savings targets of the European Commission’s Single European Sky initiative, which aims to consolidate air traffic control services across the continent.

Two organisations are staging the strikes: The Air Traffic Controllers European Unions Coordination (ATCEUC), which represents 14,000 flight overseers across 28 countries will strike on 29th January, and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) will walk out on 30th January.

Germany’s air traffic controllers are planning to strike for one hour on 29th January, in a show of support for the expected Europe-wide strike. In the UK, NATS will work as normal despite the strikes.

In a report on Air Traffic NATS chief executive, Richard Deakin, said: “NATS controllers will be working as usual in spite of the threat of industrial action in Europe. If the strikes go ahead we will work closely, as ever, with Eurocontrol and other European air navigation services to help keep people moving whenever possible.”

“We will also work with our airline and airport customers to help them manage their operations should any changes be necessary.

“Any passengers who are worried they might be affected should check with their airlines for the latest information.”

The European Commission says the Single European Sky programme will triple the region’s airspace capacity, cut costs and reduce delays.

Urgent talks to prevent airport worker strikes
Oct 15th, 2013 by elisa

Urgent talks to prevent strike action by baggage handlers and check-in staff at some of the UK’s busiest airports are to take place tomorrow.

Swissport workers based at Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted and Manchester airports voted in favour of strike action in a dispute over pay. Unite the union said that 94% of workers balloted voted in favour of the action.

“In the light of this overwhelming mandate for action Swissport has requested talks which we are happy to attend so we can try to resolve this matter,” said Unite national officer Oliver Richardson.

“The dispute centres on the company’s decision to freeze workers pay for 18 months, from April 2012 through to October 2013, followed by a below inflation increase of just 2.5%.

“Our members are struggling to keep up with the rising cost of living and Unite believes Swissport is failing to recognise the contribution its staff are making to the success of the company.

“We hope that over the coming days we will be able to thrash out a deal with the company but this will depend on whether the company is prepared to move on from its current position on pay.”


French strikes today
Sep 10th, 2013 by elisa

Travel to and around France could be disrupted today as French public sector workers go on strike.

The strike is due to last until 08.00 local time on Wednesday. The Foreign Office advises travellers to France to check with their airlines and tour operators for information on delays before they leave.

Eurostar said in a statement: “Eurostar services are not affected and are expected to run as normal.

“Eurostar customers making a connecting journey and who are impacted by the industrial action have the option of exchanging their tickets for an alternative date.”

Easyjet warned of possible disruption to services, but that it would be unlikely to encounter major problems.

The airline said in a statement: “While details still remain unclear, the risk of disruption to Easyjet services is expected to be relatively low”.

“There also remains some risk of delay to our services that over-fly French airspace during September 10.”

In France, most TGV services will run as normal but some regional trains may be affected.


Iberia strike dates announced
Feb 8th, 2013 by elisa

15 days of strike action by staff at Iberia have been announced over February and March.

The ground staff and cabin crews of the Spanish airline will go on strike from 18th-22nd February, 4th-8th, and 18th-22nd March. The industrial action is in protest against the company’s plans to lay off 23% of its workforce, equating to 4,500 employees.

A week of strikes in December were called off in order for negotiations between the unions and airline to take place, however these ended without an agreement.

Gabriel Mocho, civil aviation secretary of the International Transport Workers’ Federation blamed Willie Walsh, chief executive of Iberia parent company IAG, for the breakdown in the talks.

“The fingerprints of Willie Walsh are visible in the breakdown in talks that led to this declaration.,” he said. “Orders from above have clearly denied Iberia the freedom to achieve a joint negotiated plan with unions to secure a profitable future for the airline.”

IAG has said previously that the job cuts are necessary for the airline’s survival.

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