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European travel strikes in April and May When are they and what can you expect

European travel strikes in April and May: When are they and what can you expect?

Workers are protesting low wages and unfavourable working conditions by going on strike across Europe.

Many workers are on strike in Europe right now because they are dissatisfied that the sky-high inflation has not been matched by higher wages.

There are scheduled walkouts all around Europe, proving that it always pays to research your destination.

Fortunately, we have included all of the strike-related data here.

Find out where and when walkouts are occurring by reading on.

You are entitled to a replacement ticket or compensation in the event that your train or flight is cancelled or delayed. For all of the information, see our guide.

Italy: May will see transport strikes

Italian rail workers will go on strike from 9 p.m. on April 30 till 9 p.m. on May 1. There are presently no specifics as to which rail companies or services will have the most inconvenience on that particular day.

On May 26, there will be a 24-hour general strike across the country.

Bus and tram services as well as metro lines will be impacted by the strike, and there will likely be substantial delays and cancellations that day. As of this writing, it is unclear whether the walkout will also have an impact on local and interregional train services.

Italian union USB (Unione Sindacati di Base) launched the walkout in opposition to insecure employment conditions and poor pay.

On May 19, cabin crew of Air Dolomiti, a Lufthansa subsidiary that operates flights from Germany to 13 different Italian locations, will participate in a 24-hour nationwide strike. On the same day, from 1pm to 5pm, Volotea cabin employees across the nation would go on strike.

Germany: Active strikes

For the most of this year, wage negotiations have been on and off for German public sector employees. Federal and municipal public agencies already have a collective bargaining agreement in place, although negotiations with Deutsch Bahn and other train operators remain ongoing.

Numerous strikes have occurred during these negotiations, some of which have caused significant disruption.

It is essential to check transit shortly before you are scheduled to leave because there have also been walkouts that happened on the actual day.

On April 26, local public transit in five federal states will be interrupted due to the upcoming strike. This will cause problems in Munich, Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Bavaria, and Baden-Württemberg, among other states.

Travellers are cautioned about the continuing French pension demonstrations in France.

Unions in France have been fighting against raising the retirement age from 62 to 64 for years.

After President Emmanuel Macron decided to implement the change without a parliamentary vote, protests broke out all over the nation. In Paris, trash accumulated and was set on fire. In the French capital, protesters and police have fought.

On strike days, varying degrees of travel disruption have occurred. However, there have been cancellations of flights and trains, and Paris tourist attractions occasionally close.  So if you plan to travel on a strike day, it is worth checking in advance.

April and May are France travel strike months.

On April 28, walkouts are anticipated, although no specifics have been released.

France’s Labour Day, observed on May 1, is a customary day for labour union activity. Widespread demonstrations have been called for by unions, thus it is to be expected that routine services will be disrupted.

It will be a “decisive” day, according to La France Insoumise’s left-leaning leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Instead of participating in earlier activities, the more moderate CFDT union has stated that it will concentrate its energies on “a big day of mobilisation on May 1st.”

How long will the UK passport strike last?

Even if no transit services are impacted by this strike, it can prevent you from travelling.

From April 3 to May 5, more than 1,000 members of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS), including those who work at passport offices in England, Scotland, and Wales, will strike.

Employees in Durham, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Newport, Peterborough, and Southport will participate in the walkout.

Over a million passport applications are expected to be processed during the strike, according to the Business Travel Association. There are no present plans to alter the official advice that states that getting a passport can take up to 10 weeks.

UK: Work stoppages the weekend of the King’s Coronation

In a salary dispute, security personnel at Heathrow plan to walk out from May 4 through May 10 and again from May 25 through May 26.

How much disruption the walkouts will cause is difficult to foresee.

Heathrow claims it kept the airport functioning well during the previous strike action, which covered about 1,400 security employees, despite the organising union Unite’s claims that it will bring “mayhem.”

On the day of the Coronation (6 May), traffic wardens in Westminster, central London, are also striking over salary and working conditions.

Scotland: Glasgow Airport might see delays

Glasgow Airport security personnel are discussing a wage increase. They recently turned down a “derisory” offer of a 5% salary rise, according to the Unite union.

Therefore, Unite has issued a warning that strikes may occur at Glasgow Airport during the busy summer vacation period, which they claim would result in “chaos.”

At the time this article was written, no prospective strike dates had been published.

Spain: Pilots of a struggling airline go on strike

In response to a pay disagreement with the firm, pilots from Spain’s ailing carrier Air Europa will walk out from May 1 to 5.

This week, the nation’s largest pilots’ union, SEPLA, made the walkout announcement. There will probably be 340 pilots flying in from all around Europe.

The pilots’ list of demands includes an undisclosed salary raise, which they claim has not been made in the last four years despite the corporation suffering from a number of problems and the effects of COVID.

The good news is that the airline must fulfil minimal legal obligations in accordance with Spanish legislation. To find out the status of your flight, contact Air Europa or your trip operator.

SOURCE – euronews

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