LUTON Airport passengers are set to face over two weeks of travel disruption as security guards announce their intention to strike. The strike, which will affect baggage checks and security across the airport, will start from tomorrow (Wed 1) at 4:30am and last until 8:59pm on May 5. A second strike will then take place from May 7 at 4:30am to 8:59pm on May 13. More than 96 per cent of workers voted to strike after a disagreement over shift patterns. Unite claim that a new pattern, which will affect 120 security guards, will result in staff working an extra 15 days a year. Unite regional officer, Jeff Hodge said: "Luton Airport is taking a very heavy- handed approach by trying to force security guards to work an extra 15 days. "As a result the airport has now provoked strike action over the bank holiday weekend. "The airport needs to take responsibility for the staff shortages by doing what’s needed to recruit new staff rather than heaping all the burden on to its workforce. … [Read more...] about Luton Airport staff to strike ahead of May Bank Holiday for 11 DAYS affecting thousands of passengers
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BRITS are facing a weekend of travel chaos as drivers are told to "stay at home" with millions more cars on the roads due to shutdown train lines. Tomorrow has been dubbed "manic Maundy Thursday" as 15million cars and 3,110 roadworks clog up Britain's major arteries. And traffic jams are expected to peak on Good Friday, with motorists warned to avoid travelling on major routes from during the day. Brits are looking forward to a balmy 22C Easter as the temperatures warm up this week - but travel is likely to be an even more heated issue. RAIL CHAOS A mammoth 400 engineering projects are being carried out on the UK's rail network, leading to some rail journeys taking SEVEN times longer than normal. £100million-worth of Network Rail projects this weekend sees Britain's busiest rail route, the west coast mainline, shut in three places – London Euston, Preston and near Glasgow. London to Milton Keynes, usually 30min from Euston, will take between 2hr 55min and 3hr 36 min on … [Read more...] about Easter weekend travel chaos fears as drivers told ‘stay at home’ with millions more cars on roads due to shutdown train lines
BRITISH tourists heading to Portugal could find their flights diverted or even cancelled due to a shortage of fuel at local airports. Strike action by truck drivers in the country mean supplies are running low, and some Ryanair and easyJet flights are already being forced to land at a different airport or make an unscheduled stopover. Fuel truck drivers started a strike on Monday to demand better workers' rights, but they are guaranteeing the operation of minimum services. However, according to the government, the minimum service has not been provided. In Faro, one of the country's biggest tourist hubs, the airport resorted to emergency fuel reserves. Lisbon airport has also been affected. Economy Minister Pedro Siza Vieira told reporters: "At both airports, where fuel supply wasn't ensured, we have reached critical levels of fuel reserves for aircraft refuelling." Only one flight has been cancelled but, according to the minister, but there could be more cancellations if supplies are … [Read more...] about Brits heading to Portugal could see their flights cancelled or diverted because the local airports are running out of FUEL
FIVE million holidaymakers travelling to Spain this Easter will face flight chaos if an indefinite strike by 60,000 ground handling staff goes ahead. But when over Easter weekend is it expected to happen, which airports will be affected and why is there a strike? When is it expected to happen? The strike will affect all airports in Spain and is expected to start on the Saturday of Easter weekend. Unión Sindical Obrera (USO) and Unión General de Trabajadores (UGT) say they are still willing to negotiate over pay and conditions but if no agreement is reached they are calling for a walkout from April 20. On April 9, 2019, the unions announced that negotiation talks had failed, according to the Daily Express. As a result the walkout by 60,000 ground handling staff was expected to go ahead from Sunday, April 21. The action could continue until April 24. Which airports will be affected? The strike would affect all Spanish airports, the unions have confirmed. A strike by … [Read more...] about Spain strike – When over Easter weekend is it expected to happen, which airports will be affected and why is there a strike?
FIVE million holidaymakers travelling to Spain this Easter will face flight chaos if an indefinite strike by 60,000 ground handling staff goes ahead. The strike will affect all airports in Spain and is expected to start on the Saturday of Easter weekend. Unión Sindical Obrera (USO) and Unión General de Trabajadores (UGT) say they are still willing to negotiate over pay and conditions but if no agreement is reached, they are calling for a walkout from April 20. The strike would affect all Spanish airports, the unions have confirmed. A strike by this group of workers would likely cause long queues and delays to flights, which could lead to a large number of cancellations. The peak Easter week is expected to see around five million passengers travelling, and 32,500 flights scheduled to operate across the Aena-managed airports. The unions are not happy about specific clauses in their collective agreement affecting workers who are transferred from one company to another. A … [Read more...] about Millions of holidaymakers going to Spain face travel misery as airport staff plan ‘indefinite strike’ from Easter