Discontent continued in several transport sectors during December and January due to declining wages after the outbreak of the epidemic, amid an accelerating recession in Europe
In the winter of 2022/23, high labor discontent and unrest continues, resulting in constant calls for strikes, amidst a rapid recession in Europe. Airline and rail unions are threatening strikes during December and January, when they can exert more pressure. They call for a return to pre-pandemic working conditions and wages once airlines and airports recover and even surpass previous operating levels.
At Airports, from Christmas to Easter
CCOO, the majority union in Aina, called 10,000 workers at airports and network control centers – operational staff, operations technicians, firefighters and administrative staff – to strike; This does not include air traffic controllers, who are represented by the USCA and other conventions.
They are reclaiming the productivity wages they earned pre-pandemic as passenger traffic has reached and surpassed 2019 levels at some airports.
The strikes were scheduled for the 22nd and 23rd, from 8am to 12pm; December 30 and 31, 2022, from 00:00 to 23:59; and January 5 and 6, 2023, from 8 am to 11:59 pm.
If the dispute is not resolved, they will go on strike during the first quarter of next year, including Easter.
At the Security Checkpoints in Barajas
The Autonomous Confederation of Workers of Security Companies has called for an indefinite strike, starting on Thursday, December 22nd, by the auxiliary staff of the Security Service at Madrid Barajas Airport at Sagital’s fast filters, for screening passengers , crew and hand luggage at terminals T1, T2 and T3 and security service T4, T4S, FBO and Visabren Airport Management Center (CGA). It has a total of 529 employees: 43 employees make up the Sagital Group and 486 from Visabren.
The Department of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda has approved minimum services in security assistance services for Sagital and Visabren. The days and periods affected by the strike call were enacted, with 90% of employees scheduled for each day and period of strike.
Pilot attack on Air Nostrum
The Sepla Federation division of Air Nostrum called on the company’s pilots to strike in all their bases and workplaces. They demand the demand for wages and working conditions and the opening of negotiations for the sixth agreement.
The 24-hour strikes are scheduled for January 22, 23, 26, 27, 29, 30, 2022 and January 2 and 3, 2023.
TCP Scam Continues at Vueling
Two months ago, the Spanish-based Stavla union called on the Vueling Aircrew (TCP) to strike on Fridays, Sundays, Mondays and public holidays between November 1, 2022 and January 31, 2023.
For the rest of the year and in January, there will be strikes on the 23rd, 25th, 26th, 30th, 1st, 2nd, 6th, 8th, 9th, 13th, 15th, 16th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd, 27th, 29th and 30th.
Ryanair Scam was Quelled by Promiscuous Tactics
The second phase of the Ryanair cabin crew strike, called by the USO and Sitcpla federations, lasts from 8 August 2022 to 7 January 2023 inclusive, every week, from Monday to Thursday, with strikes from 24 hours, in 10 languages. Bases – Barcelona, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Girona, Valencia, Ibiza, Malaga, Santiago de Compostela, Seville and Alicante.
Until the end of this month, the strikes are scheduled for the 21st, 22nd, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th of January 2023.
During the strike, according to union information, the low-cost company dismissed more than 30 workers, some union representatives, and opened disciplinary proceedings against about 100 workers.
Ryanair unilaterally applied minimum services to 100% of its flights, even violating an order from the Department of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda (Mitma) and threatening redundancies, preventing its workers from supporting strikes and violating their right to strike; Depending on usage.
UK Strike Wave
In the UK, there are many strikes declared in the aviation and railway sectors. UK Customs and Immigration officials at airport border control voted to strike
About 1,000 employees were summoned between December 23 and 31, demanding better wages and working conditions. Six British airports will be affected by the strike: Heathrow, Birmingham, Cardiff, Gatwick, Glasgow and Manchester.
According to London Heathrow Airport, passengers arriving with passports from the UK, EU, US and Canada, among others, will be able to use the electronic gates normally, so they should not be affected on strike days.
Mass Strike on Trains
With the consent of its members, the Union of Railways and Maritime Transport (RMT) called its 40,000 members to strike over the Christmas period across the British railway industry.
The call includes the rail network only from 6 pm on Christmas Eve until 6 am on December 27th. The actions planned for the new year and on the 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th of January will include a rail network and 14 passenger trains. Mandate of the Department of Transportation.
Eurostar Strike at Christmas
On Eurostar, the high-speed rail services linking the city of London to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam via the Eurotunnel, more than 100 security guards will strike from 22 to 23 December over wage demands. They are currently in negotiations and if not resolved will continue as planned.
Strikes in France
In France, train conductors and conductors are threatening to go on strike to protest not being treated like train drivers. They complied with the strike threat notice from December 23rd to 26th and from December 30th to January 2nd, although they are in negotiations until December 22nd.