Unions threaten to strike at Charleroi airport
The joint union front at Brussels South Charleroi Airport has submitted a strike and action notice for a period of 15 days, the Christian employees' union confirmed on Wednesday. Unions and management are at odds over a "purchasing power bonus" of 750 euros.
According to union official Yves Lambot, airport management had previously announced that all employees would receive a bonus. During negotiations in September, management wanted to adjust the premium, which would mean some employees would receive a lower bonus or no bonus at all.
Staff reacted badly to the news, accusing the management of "lies". Unions filed a 15-day strike notice for both blue and white-collar workers on Tuesday. During the rest of the week, they will consider the possibility of taking action or going on strike.
If there is a total strike, passenger and baggage registration as well as activities on the tarmac itself, such as baggage handling and aircraft refuelling, could be disrupted. That would lead to flight delays and cancellations.
Last week, Ryanair pilots based in Charleroi organised a two-day strike, the fourth in two months.
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