SkyTeam strike halted but threat remains

A WORLDWIDE strike of SkyTeam workers was narrowly avoided when those at the source of the dispute voted against striking.

Workers at Cobalt, a ground-handling subsidiary of Air France-KLM based at London Heathrow Airport in the UK, were protesting at new and old employees receiving a mix of flight concessions. Originally, workers had varying degrees of concessions depending on which airline they had come from. Recently, management first reduced new workers’ allocated concessions then all workers’.

A last-minute crisis meeting between the workers’ union, Unite, and management saw Cobalt agreeing to suspend the changes while negotiations were running.

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