In reviewing a few announcements from a variety of sources including EuroControl, it looks as though ATC strikes will be quite popular in Europe during July.
Instead of putting all of them into one or 2 paragraphs, it is easier just to list them since there are several (times are in local time zones):
July 5: 11:00a to 3:00p
July 23: 10:00a to 6:00p
June 28: General strikes will have widespread outages.
Portugal (The following dates will have random 2 hour strikes held each day):
Keep in mind that these dates can come and go as negotiations go on between labor and management continue.
If it’s not one German union, it’s another but here we go again with their strike antics.
It appears that a nation-wide public sector strike is set to take place next Wednesday, April 27. This strike would include a wide variety of airport employees and other public service occupations, so other means of transportation may be impacted as well.
If you are traveling to, from, or within Germany next Wednesday, please pay special attention to the news and contact your airline to inquire about your options regarding rebooking or refunding your ticket for that day.
Oh, and by the way, DO NOT blame Lufthansa for this one……
Just when I thought that there was hope for labor peace due to an upcoming sit down between the 3 Unions and Lufthansa, one of the Unions pulls a fast one and threatens to strike this week.
Our ‘friends’ at UFO, who represent the cabin crews and who were responsible for the recent week-long series of strikes have once again scheduled to strike. This time plans call for the walkouts to take place this week on Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27. And if they aren’t appeased, they’ll strike again on Monday November 30.
Details of the strikes were not yet announced but I expect them to cover the whole range of LH’s service, including Long Haul, Intra-German, and European routes.
I’m surprised at this latest gambit especially because a meeting had been scheduled by Lufthansa that was to be held on December 2 where all 3 unions were to sit and discuss what it would take to reach a long term agreement on labor.
So much for goodwill and olive branches…..
Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) has approached Lufthansa with an offer for new negotiations regarding the ongoing dispute over the retirement benefits for pilots.
Once LH has a chance to review the latest offers coming from the Union, dates will be set for continuing negotiations.
At least for the next several weeks, the threat of strikes by the pilots has disappeared.