Air France and Other Airlines’ Staff Plan Strikes

by Tiffany Millar on March 23, 2010

The cabin crew at British Airways just held 3 days of industrial action this weekend, but their striking isn’t over yet. They are set to hold more strikes starting March 27 for 4 days. British Airways’ staff isn’t the only group holding industrial action this weekend either.

Starting on March 28, the cabin crew at Air France will hold a 4-day strike in protest of cost-cutting measures the airline is imposing starting April 1. The staff is represented by 6 trade unions, who all believe that the airline is in breach of contracts by reducing how many crew members are on board short- and medium-haul flights.

TAP Portugal flights will also be affected by industrial action this weekend, starting on Friday, while pilots go on strike. This strike will last for 6 days, and the union has given a warning that the only flights that won’t be affected are those to Madeira, as they want to continue supporting relief efforts due to the floods last month.

Although Lufthansa’s pilots won’t be striking this weekend, their plans for industrial action will come off the heels of Easter weekend. They will hold a 4-day strike starting April 13. This is very similar to the one they held last month that only lasted one day, because both sides decided to return to negotiations. Staff from Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo and Germanwings will take part in the strike.

These strikes come at a time when the airline industry is still recovering from a rather crippling global recession. Many companies have already gone bankrupt, and these carriers are doing what they think is best in order to continue operating. However, staff are afraid of what will happen to their jobs but seem to only be contributing to making it worse.

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greg March 23, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Sure, Union “bosses’ ” jobs are in no danger as airlines cannot cut them LOL . . . . so they mislead staff, who pays them, making things worse for all . . .

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