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STRIKE THREATS SPREAD ACROSS EUROPE…

Posted on 23 February 2010

Labor unrest spread across Europe today as pilots for German airline Lufthansa started a four-day strike, a union representing British Airways cabin crew prepared to announce the outcome of a strike ballot and Greece readied for a massive private-sector strike on Wednesday. The strike at Lufthansa, Europe’s third-largest trans-Atlantic airline, will heavily disrupt travel. About 800 out of the 1,800 scheduled flights through Thursday have been canceled and partner airlines such as Air Canada and Singapore Airlines are expected to be affected as well. The pilots walked out after negotiations over their work contracts collapsed.

 

News of the strike at the German airline came as Unite, the union representing British Airways cabin crew, prepared to unveil the results of its latest strike ballot. A 12-day strike planned during the Christmas holiday was scrapped after the government won a legal challenge. Meanwhile, as Greece struggled to cope with its ballooning debt crisis and the government committed to massively reduce spending, threats are looming of a big private-sector strike on Wednesday.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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