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Sunday, October 05, 2008

Thousands hit by V Australia delay

Passengers get new flights after Virgin delays. Virgin Blue has been forced to reschedule thousands of passengers booked over the Christmas-New Year period after it delayed the launch of its long-haul carrier, V Australia, by three months.

As foreshadowed in the Herald last week, V Australia's plans to begin flying between Sydney and Los Angeles on December 15 have been postponed until February 28 because of likely delays to the delivery of its first three aircraft due to a strike in the US.

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Germany braces for first Lufthansa strike in 13 years

A strike over wages by ground crew and cabin staff at Deutsche Lufthansa is expected to cause disruptions at Germany's 10 largest airports on Monday after a key union voted overwhelmingly to walk off the job.

The Verdi union, which represents 52,000 air industry workers, planned to start the strikes at midnight (2200 GMT) - but would not reveal in advance where the walkouts would happen to prevent the airline from making plans to thwart the impact.

Union officials said that the unlimited strike, the first in 13 years at Lufthansa, would affect all areas - from catering and cargo to maintenance and repair staff. Some 91 percent of union members voted to strike, Verdi said on Friday.

"The starting times will be staggered," said Verdi's chief negotiator Erhard Ott. Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Duesseldorf, Stuttgart, Nuremberg, Hanover, Leipzig and Bremen airports would be affected, the union said.

Verdi, which has lost influence since the last Lufthansa strike in 1994, wants a 9.8-percent pay increase for one year. Lufthansa, Europe's second biggest airline by passenger numbers, is offering 6.7 percent over 21 months and a one-off payment.

Lufthansa has said it will have to see where the strikes happen before deciding how many domestic and international flights will be cancelled. It has said it hopes to juggle non-striking staff to limit the impact of the strike.

In view of heavy criticism from political and industry leaders, the union is expected to stop well short of an all-out walk out on Monday and instead opt for targeted strikes.

Verdi would be ready to restart talks if Lufthansa improved its offer, Ott said. Their wage talks broke down on July 10.

"We've got to do everything we can to prevent this strike," said Klaus Lippold, a member of parliament and transport expert for the Christian Democrats. "Not only to save the holiday season but to prevent damage to Germany's air travel industry."

Rainer Wend, an economy expert in parliament for the Social Democrats, also spoke out against the strike.

"Even though one must accept a strike being a tool in a labour dispute, it's still unfortunate that innocent bystanders and holiday travellers will be hurt by the strike more than the union's opponents," Wend told Welt am Sonntag newspaper.

Earlier this week, Lufthansa cancelled almost 1,000 regional flights at its Eurowings and CityLine subsidiaries after pilots walked out in a separate pay dispute.

At a time when Europe's biggest economy is seeing a spike in inflation, several labour unions are seeking bigger wage deals after restraint in recent years.


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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Qantas strike set to ruin holiday plans

Industrial action planned by about 1,700 Qantas engineers could throw new year holiday plans into disarray for thousands of Australian travellers. (page not found)

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Striking Air France flight attendants disrupt travel for 4th day

Air France flights were disrupted for a fourth day Sunday with striking flight attendants refusing to give in and the transport minister asking for both sides to restart talks.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Strike by Portuguese national airline pilots grounds flights

A strike by TAP Air Portugal pilots grounded almost all the national airline's flights Tuesday.

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

American Airlines pilots threaten to picket

The head of American Airlines' pilots union threatened to see American's CEO "on the picket line" and in court after the carrier's management have failed to meet the union's demand for a bigger share of the company's profits.

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Monday, August 27, 2007

QantasLink pilots vote to take action

QantasLink pilots in Western Australia are considering industrial action because their employer is refusing to negotiate a collective employment agreement. (page not found)

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Aer Lingus strike set to proceed as hope of talks fades

The planned strike by nearly 500 pilots at Aer Lingus is set to go ahead next week after attempts to convene talks to resolve the dispute ended unsuccessfully last night.


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Friday, August 10, 2007

Turkish Airlines workers vote in favor of strike

Thousands of aviation workers voted in favor of a strike over a pay dispute with national carrier Turkish Airlines, the company said Thursday.

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Pilots' protest disrupts Olympic Airlines flights

Flights by national carrier Olympic Airlines were delayed by up to two hours Friday, following industrial action by the company's pilots, the airline and Athens International Airport said.

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Saturday, July 07, 2007

Union rejects talks with Turkish Airlines

A Turkish airline workers' union has rejected an offer by Turkish Airlines for talks aimed at avoiding a strike, the airline said on Friday.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Strike disrupts flights in India

Thousands of Indian Airlines employees wanting better wages and career prospects have begun an indefinite strike.

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Monday, May 28, 2007

SAS strike due to enter fifth day

Strike action has caused Scandinavian Airlines to cancel most of its Tuesday flights to and from Sweden.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Thousands stranded by Italy strike

A strike by Italian air traffic controllers and Alitalia flight attendants has left thousands of travelers stranded and hundreds of domestic and international flights cancelled. (page not found)

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Monday, February 05, 2007

BA cabin crew accuse T&G union boss of 'selling out' over strike

British Airways cabin crew are reportedly furious over what they see as the failure of union negotiators to extract sufficient concessions from the airline's management.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Fears over inflation-busting BA pay deal

British Airways have agreed to an inflation-busting pay rise for its cabin crew to avoid strike action, which may be causing concerns at the Bank of England whose Governor last week warned pay negotiators against seeking 'self-defeating' wage increases.

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Monday, January 29, 2007

BA strike cancelled

A 48-hour strike by British Airways cabin crew planned for Tuesday and Wednesday has been called off with BA and the Transport & General Workers Union agreeing to a settlement. (page not found)

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Friday, January 26, 2007

Result of BA strike talks awaited

The outcome of last ditch talks between British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh and Transport & General Workers Union boss Tony Woodley will be revealed on Friday morning.

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

BA strike shuts down Heathrow Gatwick

No British Airways passengers will be able to fly out of Heathrow from 12.01am Tuesday January 30 to 11.59pm Wednesday January 31, with BA canceling 1300 flights after talks to avert strike action failed. (page not found)

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Monday, January 22, 2007

BA cabin crew to strike

Up to 11 000 British Airways cabin crew workers will stage a three-day strike after negotiations with BA management broke down.

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Monday, January 15, 2007

BA staff vote for strike action

British Airways employees have voted in favor of strike action in a dispute over sick leave, pay and staffing.

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Friday, January 12, 2007

Strike in the wings at BA as relations hit 'worst for a decade'

British Airways' pension deficit row is still unresolved, and with staff angry at the 'imposition' of new working terms the airline faces potential strike action in the coming weeks. (page not found)

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