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PremierLeague-News.Com - Holidaymakers are bound to have their much-anticipated summer holidays disrupted by airport strikes across Europe this weekend and in July
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Long-awaited summer holidays planned by those throughout Europe may be disrupted by airport staff walkouts planned for the coming weeks, exacerbating an already chaotic travel situation in which thousands of people have their flights cancelled or delayed in the past month.It was hoped by many that summer 2022 would represent a return to normality after two years of Covid-19 lockdowns, but it is at risk of becoming the one in which travellers have been hit the hardest, due to airports being unable to recruit staff to meet the revitalised passenger demand. Labour shortages and strikes have already caused disruption in London, Amsterdam, Paris, Rome and Frankfurt this spring.Airlines such as low-cost giant easyJet are cancelling hundreds of summer flights and new strikes are brewing in Belgium, Spain, France and Scandinavia, while airports in Amsterdam and London have introduced flight caps.i has taken a look at where the various strikes are due to take place and for how long. BelgiumUnions representing Ryanair cabin workers in various European countries said last Friday they were planning a strike in Belgium and Portugal from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 June.The ACV and BBTK unions said they were forced into action because Ryanair was not respecting Belgian labour law covering such issues as the minimum wage or pay of cabin staff for certain pre- and post-flight work.A Ryanair spokesperson said last week that the unions should return to the negotiating table to deliver improvements instead of disrupting Belgian customers’ travel plans.Ryanair’s chief executive, Michael O’Leary, had said that union accusations were “complete rubbish”.Separately, unions said pilots and cabin crew of Brussels Airlines, a unit of Lufthansa, would go on strike on Saturday June 23 to Monday June 25.SpainRyanair cabin crew will also walk out in Spain from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 June and on Thursday 30 June and Friday 1 and Saturday 2 July.Spain-based cabin crew at easyJet also plan to go on strike for nine days in July to demand higher pay from the budget airline, local union USO said on Tuesday. The strikes will affect Barcelona, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca airports.Related StoriesThe dates of the train, Tube and bus strikes this week, and how services will be affected20 June, 2022Travel strike chaos continues with trains running at 60% and some Tube lines suspended22 June, 2022Workers will walk out on Friday 1 to Sunday 3, Friday 15 to Sunday 17, and Friday 29 to Sunday 31 July, Miguel Galan, general secretary of USO’s easyJet section, said on Tuesday.The airline’s flight attendants in Spain are demanding a 40 per cent increase in their basic salaries, he said.France Ryanair staff in France are also planning to strike on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June.A major obstacle said to be holding up recruitment at airports has been the screening of staff, which in France can take up to five months for the most sensitive jobs.Marie Marivel, 56, works as a security operator screening luggage at Charles de Gaulle airport for around €1,800 (£1,545) a month after tax.She said shortages have led to staff being overworked, adding that stranded passengers have been turning aggressive and that morale is low. “We have young people who come and leave again after a day,” she said.
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.”After much disruption in May, the situation in France is stabilising, said Anne Rigail, chief executive of the French arm of Air France-KLM.Yet Paris’s Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports, where one union has called a strike on Saturday 2 July, still need to fill a total of 4,000 vacancies, according to the operator.ItalyRyanair staff on flights to and from Italy are also bound to strike on Saturday 25 June. Buses, trains and ferries were also affected by a transport strike last Friday.Poland Unions in Warsaw, home to the country’s largest airport, have threatened to walk out over what they said was a failure by Poland’s Air Navigation Services Agency to abide by an 11th-hour deal struck in April and which narrowly avoided thousands of flights being cancelled over pay and post-Covid working conditions, Politico reports.The NetherlandsSchiphol airport in Amsterdam said it would impose a flight cap for July and August as it deals with a shortage of security staff. Schiphol said it would accept around 70,000 passengers a day, about 16 per cent – or 13,500 seats per day – fewer than airlines had planned.In the Netherlands, unfilled vacancies are at record highs and KLM’s Schiphol hub has seen hundreds of cancelled flights and long queues.NorwayNorwegian Air Shuttle announced the cancellation of 17 flights on Wednesday as the Norwegian Air Traffic Technician Organisation (NFO) currently has 106 workers striking. Another 39 staff could join the protest on Friday, the Local reports.Some 2.3 million jobs in aviation were lost globally during the pandemic, with ground-handling and security hardest hit, according to industry lobby group the Air Transport Action Group.Many workers have been slow to return to the industry, having been lured by the “gig” economy or opting to retire early.“They clearly have alternatives now and can switch jobs,” said senior ING economist Rico Luman.While he expects travel pressure will ease after the summer, he says shortages may persist as older workers stay away and, critically, fewer younger workers are willing to replace them.“Even if there is a recession, the labour market will remain tight at least this year,” he said.Airlines are legally obliged to help travellers get to their destination as soon as possible, and should offer assistance in re-routing or cover costs for delay. There is more information on how passengers can claim a refund for cancelled flights here. Additional reporting by agencies
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