Expect delay at Schiphol on Friday

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Baggage handlers going on strike in due for higher wages will cause delay in flights and baggage collection on Friday.

7 May 2008

AMSTERDAM - Baggage personnel working for Menzies Aviation at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport are going on strike on Friday to back up their demands for a wage increase.

The strike will affect travellers arriving and leaving from The Netherlands' busiest airport. The strike will delay flights, as well as check-in and baggage collection.

The union representing the baggage handlers staged a public-friendly action last Friday but decided to strike on the last Friday of the May vacation as many people will be returning from their holidays on that day.

The union is demanding a 3.5 percent wage increase but Menzies Aviation has only offered a 1.5 percent raise.

Around 500 people work for Menzies, one of several baggage handling companies operating at Schiphol Airport.

[Radio Netherlands / flickr contributor crschmidt / Expatica]

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