Union wages 'guerrilla war' to protest sacking

18th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

18 July 2005, BRUSSELS — Unions have opted to use "guerrilla techniques" in their unfair dismissal battle against Flight Care at Zaventem Airport.

18 July 2005

BRUSSELS — Unions have opted to use "guerrilla techniques" in their unfair dismissal battle against Flight Care at Zaventem Airport.

"We choose for unexpected actions in or outside of the airport with the least amount of bother for passengers," union official Lode Verschingel said on Monday.

Unions staged a work stoppage at the airport on Friday to protest against the sacking of ACV union representative Maria Vindevoghel.

The strike led to delays for passengers because Flight Care is one of only two baggage handling firms at Zaventem, but the initially feared chaos did not eventuate.

However, the Flemish travel bureau association VVR took legal action also on Friday and won a court ruling preventing new strikes that could delay passengers.

The Socialist ACV union said on Monday morning it was also opposed to industrial action that affects passengers, but said it will appeal the court ruling.

The sacking of Vindevoghel for breach of safety regulations has not been overturned and unions and management have not discussed the situation since Friday's strike.

ACV has warned it will not end its industrial action campaign until Vindevoghel is reinstated.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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