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Upcoming Strikes

Unread post by Roger » Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:02 am

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SOUTH AFRICA - BA COMAIR STRIKE PENDING
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) has issued Comair with a strike notice that allows those airport ground staff represented by the union to strike from 13h00 on Thursday, 18 April.
Whilst Comair has contingency plans in place, travellers are cautioned that this could impact on flight operations. The airline is continuing its engagement with the union, and to ensure service continuity over the busy Easter period it has approached the Labour Court for an urgent interdict to prevent the strike.

ARGENTINA
Unionised workers have declared a general strike on Tuesday, 30 April. Aviation union, APLA has announced that they will join the general strike, paralyzing air traffic across the country.
Meanwhile, a separate strike by transport unions was confirmed for 01 May. On this occasion bus, train, boat and air transport are expected to be affected.
Travellers commuting through and within Argentina next week should check their travel arrangements closer to the dates and anticipate disruptions and cancellations to travel arrangements.

ITALY
Travellers are advised of the following strikes and should check their flight status closer to the days:
Friday, 03 May – 24-hour strike by some Air Italy personnel from 00:01 to 24:00.
Friday, 03 May – 4-hour strike by some Alitalia personnel in Roma Fiumicino Airport from 12:00 to 16:00.
Friday, 03 May – 4-hour by some ENAV airport personnel from 10:00 to 14:00.
Friday, 03 May – 4-hour strike by airport personnel from 12:00 to 16:00.
Friday, 17 May – 24-hour strike by some airport personnel 00:01 to 23:59.

PORTUGAL
Portugal’s airports were impacted by a nationwide fuel truck drivers’ strike on Tuesday, 16 April when guaranteed minimum service operations were not adhered to and led to fuel shortages at Lisbon, Porto and Faro airports, resulting in some flight delays. Following government intervention forcing striking workers back to work, the fuel situation should be normalised and flight schedules restored. The fuel issue could, however, impact road travel users while the strike continues.

SOUTH AFRICA
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) has issued Comair with a strike notice that allows those airport ground staff represented by the union to strike from 13h00 on Thursday, 18 April.
Whilst Comair has contingency plans in place, travellers are cautioned that this could impact on flight operations. The airline is continuing its engagement with the union, and to ensure service continuity over the busy Easter period it has approached the Labour Court for an urgent interdict to prevent the strike.

UNITED KINGDOM
Baggage handlers at Heathrow and Luton airports are to stage strikes at the end of the month.
Unite members employed by GH London at Heathrow's Terminal 2 and 4 will walk out for four days from 26 April, while its members employed by the same company at Luton, will strike for a week from the same date.
Airlines handled by GH London at Heathrow include: Air India, Thai Airlines, Alitalia, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Gulf Air, Air Serbia and Air Malta.
At Luton, Airport GH London provides ground-handling services to Wizz Air.
Travellers may experience flight disruptions and cancellations over this period.

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Re: Upcoming Strikes

Unread post by Ugly Duckling » Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:12 am

MEDIA STATEMENT

DATE: Wednesday, 17 April 2019

TO: All Media

ATTENTION: News Editors / Transport Reporters / All Reporters

For immediate use

TRANSPORT MINISTER ADVISED OF TRUCK DRIVERS’ INTENTION TO BLOCK NATIONAL ROADS

The Minister of Transport, Dr Blade Nzimande, has been advised by the
Justice Crime Prevention & Security (JCPS) Cluster of Cabinet that truck drivers are planning a shutdown to some of South Africa’s major national roads during this Easter Weekend.

Minister Nzimande urges the law enforcement agencies to arrest all those intending to destabilize peace and stability on our roads, by disrupting the flow of traffic and burning public and private property. We are also calling upon the law enforcement agencies not only to arrest those responsible but also to impound all vehicles involved.

“I have been assured by the security cluster that it is ready to deal decisively with any such possible disruptions”, Minister Nzimande further said.

“It is disingenuous and disturbing that after numerous meetings which were followed by agreed recommendations between government and the Truck Driver’s Associations, that today we are informed about this unfortunate development to block our roads,” said Minister Nzimande.

On Wednesday, 03 April 2019, Minister Nzimande presented a consolidated report of the Inter-Departmental Task Team, in which truck driver’s associations were part, established to deal with grievances lodged by the South African truck drivers regarding the employment of foreign truck drivers in South Africa.

The leadership of the All Truck Drivers Foundation and the National Truck Drivers Association participated in a joint media briefing with Minister Nzimande and agreed on the implementation of the recommendations of the report.

Part of the agreement from the meeting of the 3 April was that all stakeholders will study the recommendations and come together to finalize these at a meeting of all stakeholders to be convened by the Minister of Labour before the end of April.

The Minister of Transport has officially handed over the report to the Minister of Labour, Ms Mildred Olifant, as this is in essence a labour dispute between employers and workers on the issue of employment of foreign nationals in the trucking industry.

The Minister said that any planned action to block our roads is a clear indication that the truck driver’s associations are engaging government in bad faith, misleading all involved that they are committed to discussions.

Minister Nzimande said that by blocking national roads, truck drivers not only disrupt the traffic flow but their actions are tantamount to sabotage of the economy of the country, government service delivery programmes and disruption of the Easter break by millions of South Africans who will be on the roads during this time.

Amongst the Inter-Departmental Task Team recommendations, the Department of Labour will continue to conduct unannounced inspections to unscrupulous employers disregarding employment laws.

The law enforcement officers were tasked to identify routes with high volumes, particularly routes used by cross border trucks so that they can conduct multi-disciplinary road block operations.

“Similarly, we have urged employers to work towards resolving the grievances of truck drivers speedily,” said Minister Nzimande.

Minister Nzimande once more calls upon the truck drivers to abandon any mooted plans and abide by the terms of the agreement with government and the implementation of the Task Team recommendations.

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Re: Upcoming Strikes

Unread post by Ray W » Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:17 am

Looks like striking on the Easter weekend is an international sport
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