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Staff at Geneva airport go on strike for the first time in its history



A few thousand staff at Geneva airport went on strike early on Friday morning in protest at the freezing of their wages.

The walkout, which began at 4am, affected round 8,000 travellers as dozens of flights had been cancelled.

One traveller tweeted a photograph of the departures board displaying the cancelled flights.

However the risk of one other strike on Saturday was averted, after native authorities in the canton of Geneva who personal the airport, intervened.

An settlement was made with the striker’s union to delay the wage freeze for at least a yr and a joint fee was established.

“We’re having increasingly more issue merely getting wages listed to the value of dwelling. So clearly, in such a context, attacking wage mechanisms and due to this fact decreasing them, when the firm is making a revenue, clearly provokes resistance, and workers haven’t any different answer,” stated  Pierre-Yves Maillard, the president of the Swiss Commerce Union.

However Pierre Bernheim, president of Geneva Airport, stated: “I am unhappy as a result of they’re taking passengers, who might have saved cash for a protracted time, hostage.”

Though very disrupted, air site visitors has been partially resumed, bringing some aid to passengers who, in Switzerland, usually are not accustomed to the sort of state of affairs.

Inflation dropped barely in the eurozone the EU statistics company Eurostat introduced on Friday from 6.1% to five.5%.

It is the first strike at the airport, which is Switzerland’s second-busiest, because it opened in 1919. Round 18 million passengers used it final yr.

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