It is not only in France that strikes are rampant. All over Europe (mainly in Italy, Spain and the UK), workers are demonstrating. Transport is surely the most affected by work stoppages. The pretexts are well known: inflation, rising food prices, wages, working conditions, rising fuel, gas and electricity prices.
It is essential to check the status of your flight before going to the airport.
Walkouts are planned across Europe, showing that it is always important to check before travelling. We have compiled information on planned strikes to date. There may still be surprises.
Scotland: agreements reached and strikes called off
Amid talk of airport strikes from Edinburgh and Glasgow, agreements were reached with the unions, with staff agreeing to salary increases of 11 to 12%. Strikes have now been called off at both airports.
It’s going to be a rough summer at London Heathrow
More than 2,000 security guards from London Heathrow Airport announced a new round of wage strikes. The Unite union says there will be 31 days of strikes this summer and walkouts are expected almost every weekend from June 24 at the end of August. The exact dates of the strikes will be:
- June 24, 25, 28, 29 and 30
- From July 14 to 16, from July 21 to 24 and from July 28 to 31
- From August 4 to 7, from August 11 to 14, from 18 to 20 and from August 24 to 27
They must coincide with the start of the school holidays and the August Bank Holiday in the UK.
Italy: Strikes in public transport and airports in June and July
Transport strikes are not uncommon in Italy during the summer as well as in France. Italian unions representing airline, train and public transport workers have already announced several strikes this year.
There are likely to be regional disruptions due to walkouts at regional transport companies, so it’s worth checking before travelling.
Nationwide public transport strikes
THE friday 7 july , public transport staff across the country will strike for 24 hours. Everything from trains to ferries and subway services are likely to experience delays and disruptions due to the walkouts.
The level of disruption is likely to vary from city to city and even from service to service. It’s worth checking with your travel provider to see how you might be affected.
Public transport will be affected from July 6 at midnight until commissioning on July 7, then again from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to midnight. Minimum service is guaranteed from the start of service on July 7 until 8:29 a.m. and from 5:01 p.m. to 7:59 p.m.
Milan airport security to strike for four hours
Sunday June 18 Milan Malpensa airport security personnel will strike for four hours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Baggage handlers on strike at all airports
Baggage handling staff at airports across Italy are taking part in a 24-hour strike on Tuesday, June 20.
Three of the country’s largest transport worker unions will join the strike, meaning most major airports are likely to experience some level of disruption. Check-in counters and baggage collection will be the most affected, but flight delays and cancellations could also occur.
Italian air traffic controllers will strike…
THE Saturday July 15, the staff of the main Italian air traffic control operator ENAV went on strike for 24 hours.
There aren’t many details yet on the disruption this walkout is likely to cause, but it could lead to cancellations and delays at airports across the country.
Spain: Daily strikes by airline staff
On June 7, the Spanish Union of Airline Pilots (Sepla) called for a strike against Air Europa, Spain’s third largest airline.
Although they haven’t announced the exact dates yet, it will happen between June 19 and July 2.
Since June 6, the Sepla union has started an indefinite daily strike against Air Nostrum, the regional airline run by Iberia. The strike forced the cancellation of 20% of the airline’s flights and also delayed other flights.
The strike is taking place every weekday and there is no sign of progress in the talks so far.