Schiphol hit by baggage handlers strike on Friday

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Legal action taken by Menzies Aviation to stop an indefinite strike of its 500 employees fell through as judge rules no significant damage will be caused.

9 May 2008

AMSTERDAM - Some 500 baggage handlers working for Menzies Aviation at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport have begun a strike over pay on Friday. They are demanding a 3.5 percent wage increase. Menzies is not willing to offer more than a 1.5 percent raise.

The stoppage, which coincides with the May vacation, is for an indefinite period and is likely to delay flights, especially those carried out by Easyjet, Arkefly and SLM.
Legal action taken by Menzies to prevent the strike failed. The judge ruled that the industrial action would not cause significant damage or jeopardise security.

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