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June 21, 2011

Travel chaos looms as Virgin Atlantic pilots vote to strike

by Kay Mitchell
Holidaymakers look set to have their summer travel plans disrupted after it emerged today that Virgin Atlantic pilots have voted for industrial action – the first time in the airline’s 32-year history. According to the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) union, 97% of its members voted for strike action after pay talks with the company collapsed. Balpa said that ...

May 23, 2011

Travel chaos looms as Iceland volcano erupts

by Kay Mitchell
There are further fears for air travel today after Iceland’s Grimsvotn volcano erupted, which led to the shutdown of the country’s airports with 6,000 passengers affected by cancellations so far. According to forecasters, the plume from the volcano could drift to northern Scotland tomorrow and the rest of Britain by the end of the week. Last April, ash from the volcano ...

December 22, 2010

BAA boss forgoes bonus over travel chaos

by Kay Mitchell
Heathrow airport's boss, Colin Matthews, has announced he will forgo his 2010 bonus after saying he was “responsible” for the recent crisis at the snow-hit airport. Mr Matthews said: "We've had a crisis here. I am responsible and I have decided not to take my bonus." However, BAA would not disclose what Mr Matthews’ six-figure bonus would have been but last year, ...

June 23, 2010

Summer travel chaos looming as BA union prepares fresh strike ballot

by Kay Mitchell
Fresh strike action is looming at British Airways (BA) after the Unite union has announced plans to ballot its 12,000 cabin crew members next week, unless the long-running dispute is resolved. So far, cabin crews have held 22 days of strikes after being involved in a long-running dispute with the airline over cost-cutting measures, which include a ...

May 20, 2010

Summer strikes ahead as BA union win appeal

by Kay Mitchell
On Monday night, it was announced that British Airways (BA) was successful in preventing the latest series of strikes by its cabin crew staff. Mr Justice McCombe of the High Court ruled in favour of the airline and said the decision was based on a technicality. However, the Unite union described the decision “an absolute disgrace” and has been ...

March 25, 2010

National rail strike to take place in April

by Kay Mitchell
It has emerged this evening that rail workers will stage a four-day strike on April 6,7,8 and 9 amid a row over jobs and working practices. Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT) and the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) employed by Network Rail will strike between 6am and 10am and between 6pm and 10pm on the dates ...

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