Showing posts with label strikes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label strikes. Show all posts

Friday, January 4, 2008

Virgin Atlantic cabin crew plan to strike

Virgin Atlantic cabin crew plan two 48-hour strikes this month in a dispute over pay. The flight attendants, represented by the union called Unite, plan to carry out a work stoppage from 06:00AM January 9 through 06:00AM January 11, and again from 06:00AM on January 16 through 06:00AM January 18.

According to a statement issued last month by Unite's press office:

Unite members are calling for a long term solution which addresses the pay differentials between Virgin cabin crew and the crews of its competitors. The staff believe that they have been undervalued for too long and Virgin are failing to recognise their professionalism and loyalty. Their pay lags behind many other airlines who fly the same business and holiday routes. Cabin crew staff working for British Airways can earn up to £10K more than Virgin cabin crew flying the same business routes. On holiday routes Virgin cabin crew can also earn considerably less than many of their competitors.
Virgin Atlantic's Chairman, Richard Branson, told cabin crew in a widely publicized letter, "For some of you more pay than Virgin Atlantic can afford may be critical to your lifestyle, and if that is the case you should consider working elsewhere."

UPDATE January 8, 2008: News media are reporting today that the strike has been called off.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Air France cabin crew set to strike

Air France logoThe unions representing Air France cabin crew have called for a five-day walkout from Thursday, October 25 through Monday, October 29. The unions have called the strike over pay and working conditions.

The unions are pressing for a renegotiation of their labor contract, noting that some salaries have been frozen for 10 years. The current contract agreement expires at the end of 2007.

Yesterday Air France said in a press release about the cabin crew strike that their entire long-haul fleet will be operating during the strike, but that the airline was "obliged to plan for disruptions to our flight schedule, and in particular to our short and medium-haul services (France and Europe)."

UPDATE October 26, 2007: According to an article on, Air France has said it will sue the unions representing its cabin crews for non-compliance with rules governing strikes., and will ask for damages for losses arising from the workers' ongoing strike.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Swedish cabin crew strike at SAS

Just a month ago, cabin crew working for Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) in Denmark walked out in "wildcat strike," causing a disruption in flight service. Today it is the Swedish cabin crew who are striking after talks between their union and SAS management broke down.

An Associated Press article about the strike, published in the Houston Chronicle and elsewhere, says:

Last week, the Swedish Salaried Employees' Union threatened to call the strike by 800 of its members unless agreement was reached in negotiations on achieving better working conditions. SAS, in turn, had warned it would impose a lockout if cabin staff went on strike.

Negotiations between the 160,000-member union and employers broke down during the night, and no new talks were planned. "The negotiations are stuck," the airline said in statement.

SAS Sweden said the strike would cost some $3 million a day in lost ticket sales. The Swedish unit has 2,500 staff and flies 6 million passengers a year to more than 50 domestic and international destinations.
The airline has canceled 300 flights today, affecting 20,000 passengers, and said it would cancel up to 150 on Saturday, according to news reports.