Belgium - Wild cat strike of luggage handlers - May 31, 2016

A mistake on wage slips triggered a wildcat strike at Aviapartner, leading to problems for passengers at Brussels Airport. Aviapartner is one of two luggage handlers at the airport. The workers refused to load and unload planes preventing flights from taking off. Aviapartner is used by carriers including Jetair, Etihad, SAS and Qatar Airways. The baggage handlers were unhappy with working conditions following the March attacks. They speak of poor organisation with regard to temporary unemployment and a lack of respect for the workforce. Workers also complained about staff shortages and the failure to make certain payments.

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