Early morning deal struck in airport dispute

29th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

29 August 2005, BRUSSELS – Baggage handlers and maintenance workers at Zaventem Airport were on Monday reported to have reached an agreement to call off strike action.

29 August 2005

BRUSSELS – Baggage handlers and maintenance workers at Zaventem Airport were on Monday reported to have reached an agreement to call off strike action.

Unions representing Flightcare – which employs more than 1,500 workers - started a strike late Friday afternoon after talks broke down with bosses at the end of last week.

Workers were unhappy about working conditions, flexible hour rosters and the high number of temporary contracts. They also want the reinstatement of prominent ACV union official Maria Vindevoghel, sacked in July for alleged breaches of safety regulations.

On Thursday, they announced that management seemed unwilling to talk about any of the issues.

At 2am on Saturday, though, a deal was struck over some of the workers' demands and unions stopped a strike. Unionists said management had agreed to phase in equal salaries for temporary workers over the next few years.

At least 75 percent of current temporary workers have been promised a full-time contract at the end of their trial period.

Discussions are due to be held on Wednesday to work out the detail of the agreement and to discuss the question of the sacking of Vindevoghel.

A workgroup to draw up the basis for a new workplace arrangement will also go ahead in September, as will discussions on reports from safety inspectorates.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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