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Unlucky train of coincidences led to fire on the Japan Odakyu rail line

Current News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 18:28

Unlucky train of coincidences led to fire on the Japan Odakyu rail line
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201709120052.html
THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
September 12, 2017 at 17:40 JST

The scorched roof of the train car after the freak accident Sept. 10 (Shingo Kuzutani)

Standard precautions to ensure passenger safety in the event of an emergency on rail tracks backfired when a train was forced to halt close to a burning building, and then caught fire.

The freak accident that halted operations on Odakyu Electric Railway Co.'s Odawara Line in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on Sept. 10 was triggered by a blaze that broke out in a building that doubles as a boxing gym and dormitory for boxers right next to the tracks.

According to the railway operator and the Metropolitan Police Department, the first report of the fire in the Yoyogi 5-chome district reached the fire department at 4:06 p.m.

Firefighters at the site asked a police officer to stop trains while they tried to contain the blaze. The police officer activated the emergency stop button at a nearby railroad crossing about five minutes after the initial report of the fire.

All oncoming trains came to an emergency stop. The eight-car train in question was bound for Shinjuku Station, and became stationary just 3 meters from the blazing building.

In the event of a fire along rail tracks, Odakyu Electric's guidelines stipulate that the driver or the conductor must make sure to stop the train at a safe location.

In this incident, the driver noticed white smoke billowing, but did not realize there was a fire.

The driver assumed the emergency stop button had been activated due to a problem at the crossing.

When the driver disembarked from the train to check, he realized for the first time that the building next to the tracks was on fire.

The driver returned to his cabin, and manually lifted the emergency mode, and contacted Odakyu Electric's command center to ask for permission to restart the train.

The train was on the move eight minutes after it came to a stop. But by that time, the roof of the second car had caught fire.

The train crawled forward for 120 meters or so, and ground to a halt again after firefighters alerted the driver about the fire on the roof so the 300 passengers could spill out safely onto the tracks.

There were no injuries.

The intense heat caused the urethane resin overcoat, which was painted to insulate stainless steel cars from electrical components, to ignite.

The resin is mixed with flame retardant agent, but was no match for the immense heat.

(This article was written by Odaka Chiba and Kensuke Abe.)

Tags: Odakyu Electric Railway Co.'s Odawara Linehealth and safetyfire
Categories: Labor News

Air Berlin cancels 100 flights after Vereinigung Cockpit pilots call in sick in wildcat strike

Current News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 15:33

Air Berlin cancels 100 flights after Vereinigung Cockpit pilots call in sick in wildcat strike
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/12/bankrupt-air-berlin-cancel...

Bankrupt airline’s hubs at Düsseldorf and Tegel badly affected by apparent wildcat strike against possible redundancies
An Air Berlin plane at Düsseldorf airport
Air Berlin lost €782m last year and pilots fear they could be made redundant. Photograph: Roland Weihrauch/AFP/Getty Images
Philip Oltermannin Berlin
@philipoltermann
Tuesday 12 September 2017 08.01 EDTLast modified on Tuesday 12 September 2017 17.00 EDT

Air Berlin has been forced to cancel about 100 flights after an “unusually high number” of pilots called in sick, in what is believed to be a wildcat strike against possible redundancies at the bankrupt airline.

The carrier, which declared bankruptcy last month after years of losses, is negotiating the transfer of staff to a potential buyer. Bids for the airline must be submitted by Friday, with a decision on the sale expected as early as next week.

On its website, Air Berlin cited “operative reasons” for the cancellations on Tuesday, and asked passengers to call a helpline and refrain from travelling to the affected airports.

Because the carrier no longer offers compensation for cancelled flights, customer advice centres recommended that people affected by the strike book replacements at their own expense.

Berlin’s Tegel airport and Düsseldorf airport, Air Berlin’s hubs, were hit hard by the strike action, which also affects 42 planes run by Air Berlin on behalf of Eurowings and Austrian Airlines.

Spiegel Online said about 250 pilots called in sick on Tuesday morning. Air Berlin employs approximately 1,500 pilots.

Vereinigung Cockpit, a collective bargaining group for German pilots and flight engineers, has expressed concern that the airline is planning to offload its long-haul flights branch, which pays staff higher wages.

Air Berlin has already announced that it will cease to operate flights to the Caribbean and Boston from 25 September.

Air Berlin made a loss of €782m (£703m) in 2016. Last month, Etihad Airways, which owns almost 30% of Air Berlin, said the developments were “extremely disappointing”, but it could not keep injecting cash after investing an additional €250m in April.

Tags: Air Berlin StrikeSickout
Categories: Labor News

9/18 SFO AA TWU 505/591 Workers Picket For A contract

Current News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 11:39

9/18 SFO AA TWU 505/591 Workers Picket For A contract
Brothers & Sisters,

Please join Transport Workers Union Local 505 and 591 for an informational picket on September 18th, 10am-noon & 3pm-5pm. American Airlines promised the the best contract in the industry but after two years there is still no contract. Today, approximately 40% of American Airlines maintenance is being outsourced to foreign facilities with very little FAA oversight.

Date: Monday, September 18, 2017
Time: 10:00 am - noon & 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location:
Assembly Point - Courtyard 3, between T-2 & T-3, Downstairs
Picket Point - Terminal 2, Doorway 6, Upstairs

In Solidarity,
Susan Charles, Office Manager
San Mateo County Central Labor Council
1153 Chess Dr., Suite 200, Foster City CA 94404
Telephone: 650-572-8848
www.sanmateolaborcouncil.org

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Tags: TWU 505TWU 591AA Contractunion bustingoutsourcingsolidarity
Categories: Labor News

Pakistan: Five years on, Baldia factory fire case still at pre-trial stage

Labourstart.org News - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: LabourWatch
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France: Workers protest Emmanuel Macron's labor reforms

Labourstart.org News - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Deutsche Welle
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Global: Cheap labour versus robots, who will sew the clothes of the future?

Labourstart.org News - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Equal Times
Categories: Labor News

Global: Tell the IOC! No more deaths in mega sports events! Click the link and sign now!

Labourstart.org News - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: BWI Global Union
Categories: Labor News

France: Macron protests: Why are people going on strike?

Labourstart.org News - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: The Independent
Categories: Labor News

USA: Support for labor unions is at decade high, poll finds

Labourstart.org News - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: NY Daily News
Categories: Labor News

Kenya: Council orders governors to replace thousands of striking nurses

Labourstart.org News - Sat, 09/09/2017 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: The Nation
Categories: Labor News

LA ILWU Local 63 casuals protest outside union hall in Wilmington, demanding more work, benefits

Current News - Sat, 09/09/2017 - 06:01

LA ILWU Local 63 casuals protest outside union hall in Wilmington, demanding more work, benefits
http://www.presstelegram.com/social-affairs/20170908/ilwu-casuals-protes...

A casual worker grabs a sign as she walks the picket line as casual workers strike outside ILWU hall in Wilmington Friday, September 8, 2017. Several hundred casuals strike through out the day. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova, Daily Breeze/SCNG)
By Rachel Uranga, Long Beach Press Telegram
POSTED: 09/08/17, 6:52 PM PDT | UPDATED: 7 HRS AGO0 COMMENTS

Casual workers walk the picket line as casual workers strike outside ILWU hall in Wilmington Friday, September 8, 2017. Several hundred casuals strike through out the day. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

Dozens of part-time dockworkers who have been waiting for years to land a full-time job protested outside their Wilmington union hall Friday, demanding they be given benefits and more work.

“They are frustrated,” said Paul Trani, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 63, representing marine clerks. “They have been sacrificing their family. Many have two jobs.”

It was unclear how many casuals demonstrated. Unconfirmed reports put the number at 300 Friday morning, with another gathering slated for Friday afternoon.

Officials from three ILWU locals — Locals 63, 13 and 94 — issued a joint statement Friday saying that they did not condone the action.

“As always, Locals 13, 63 and 94 are committed to fill all labor needed for the movement of cargo in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach,” the brief statement said. More than 5,000 casuals pick up intermittent work along the docks at a dispatch center in Wilmington. The workers have been preselected in a random lottery, and once they build up enough seniority, they can qualify to pick up full-time work. But those rolls are rarely opened, and many part-timers have been waiting for more than a decade to land a gig.

One woman, who did not want to give her name, said she is a 35-year-old mother who has worked on the docks for 14 years and deserves to have job security and benefits.

Earlier this year, the Pacific Maritime Association, representing shippers and terminals at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, along with the ILWU, held a random lottery for more part-timers, effectively expanding the list and making the wait times longer for those at the very bottom.

ILWU Local 13 asked the PMA to hire 600 casuals on a full-time basis, and ILWU Local 63 asked that 100 positions be filled in its union.

“We don’t have enough clerks to fill these jobs. We want more clerks,” Trani said. “Every day there’s at least a couple hundred jobs that go unfilled by (full-time) marine clerks.”

The PMA declined to comment.

About 46 percent of those casuals trained and approved to work make themselves available during any given week last year, according to the PMA statistics. And those casuals worked on average 1.6 eight-hour shifts per week.

Tags: ILWU 63casualssolidarity
Categories: Labor News

Canada Winnipeg Airports Authority accuses striking Public Service Alliance of Canada workers of intimidation, obstructing traffic- Airports authority asks court for amendments to injunction that limits activities of striking employees

Current News - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 10:43

Canada Winnipeg Airports Authority accuses striking Public Service Alliance of Canada workers of intimidation, obstructing traffic-
Airports authority asks court for amendments to injunction that limits activities of striking employees

http://ht.ly/s5rB30eYDwj

By Dean Pritchard, CBC News Posted: Sep 06, 2017 6:01 PM CT Last Updated: Sep 06, 2017 6:01 PM CT

The Winnipeg Airports Authority was in court Wednesday seeking amendments to an injunction restricting the activities of striking employees. (CBC)

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As a strike by 150 airport employees entered its seventh week, the Winnipeg Airports Authority returned to court Wednesday and accused striking employees of intimidating staff and patrons, obstructing traffic to the airport and wielding cameras "like weapons."

The airports authority is asking Justice Herbert Rempel to beef up and amend an interim court injunction issued Aug. 4 that limits the activities of striking employees.

Duty managers, administrative workers, various tradespeople, IT workers, airfield maintenance personnel and labourers at the airport went on strike July 24 and set up a picket line at the airport.

Winnipeg Airports Authority wins court injunction against striking workers
"All of this conduct is new, it's egregious, it's threatening," Winnipeg Airports Authority lawyer Rod Roy told Rempel.

Roy alleged striking employees have obstructed traffic at Wellington Avenue and Route 90, a major route to the airport, putting motorists at risk. Police have been unresponsive, which leaves only the courts to resolve the issue, Roy argued.

"God forbid that something should happen at the intersection" and someone gets hurt, Roy said.

No evidence police haven't acted on complaints: PSAC lawyer

Rempel questioned whether he has authority to restrict activities on a public roadway well off the airport authority's property.

"If something bad is happening, isn't that on the police?" Rempel said. "As I see it, these would be offences under the Highway Traffic Act. The police don't have discretion when and when not to enforce the law."

Roy said it doesn't matter whether the traffic obstruction occurs "10 feet, 100 feet or 1,000 metres away" from airport property — the goal is the same, and is "to inconvenience and create a nuisance for the WAA."

The court has been provided no evidence motorists complained to police about the road obstruction and nothing was done, said John Harvie, lawyer for the Public Service Alliance of Canada, the union representing the striking workers.

"Where is that evidence?" Harvie said. "It's not here."

Airports authority seeks injunction against employees accused of picketing at private homes
Strike begins for 150 Winnipeg airport workers
Roy alleged striking workers have actively harassed employees who have chosen to return to work.

"They are being pilloried, vilified and, indeed, threatened implicitly or explicitly by having their personal information and images put on social media, they are being accosted in grocery stores," Roy said. "Who is going to protect them if not the airport and the court?"

Roy also accused striking workers of aggressively filming employees and others as they entered the airport.

"They are filming as a weapon … right in their face, within a few feet, circling them," Roy said. "It has nothing to do with monitoring the picket line."

Harvie said there is no need to "parse" what kind of filming is and isn't allowed, arguing that question can be adequately addressed by the existing injunction.

Rempel will deliver his decision on the amendment motion Thursday afternoon.

Transport Canada is "monitoring the strike situation" and working with the WAA "to verify that airport operations continue to meet aviation safety and security regulations," a spokesperson said in an email to CBC.

"Transport Canada has not taken enforcement action at the Winnipeg International Airport during the strike period," the spokesperson said.

Tags: Public Service Alliance of CanadaWinnipeg Airport Workersstrike actionrepression
Categories: Labor News

Long Island Local 813 Teamster with no criminal record deported to Guatemala days after immigration check-in — with no notice to his family

Current News - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 20:34

Long Island IBT Local 813 Teamster with no criminal record deported to Guatemala days after immigration check-in — with no notice to his family
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/teamster-deported-notice-family-supp...
Eber Garcia Vasquez pictured with one of his grandchildren. Garcia built a life here with his wife, four children, and three grandchildren.
Eber Garcia Vasquez pictured with one of his grandchildren. Garcia built a life here with his wife, four children, and three grandchildren.(COURTESY OF EBER VASQUEZ)

GINGER ADAMS OTIS
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Thursday, September 7, 2017, 4:52 PM
Thirteen days after he showed up for his annual check-in with immigration officials, Eber Garcia Vasquez — a 26-year Teamster living on Long Island with a clean criminal record — was deported with no notice to his family.

Garcia, 54, called his wife Wednesday from Guatemala to let her know he'd been sent back to the country of his birth, which he'd left nearly three decades ago in the middle of a violent civil war to seek asylum in the U.S.

His abrupt removal from the country came just one day after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents denied two appeals of his deportation order filed by Garcia's attorney.

An immigration Board of Appeal also denied a motion filed by Garcia's attorney to reconsider his deportation because the married father of three American-born children has a valid green card application pending.

Guatemalan mom seeks refuge from deportation at NYC church

He was detained by ICE officials Aug. 24 and sent to a federal holding facility in Bergen County, N.J.

When his appeals were denied Tuesday, an ICE official told Garcia's attorney his deportation was imminent.

By Wednesday, he was back in Guatemala and his family only learned of his removal when he called to tell them where he was, his union said.

An ICE official confirmed his deportation.

"Garcia Vasquez was removed to his native country yesterday without incident," the spokeswoman said.

Teamsters Local 813, which represents workers at the Long Island waste facility where Garcia worked since 1991, had mounted a determined effort to pressure ICE and Homeland Security officials into releasing him.

Backed by elected politicians, the Teamsters held a press conference in front of ICE offices in lower Manhattan — but their pleas to allow Garcia to remain in the U.S. while his green card was processed came to naught.

"I am saddened, and frankly shocked that Eber was deported so quickly. This is happening to thousands of immigrants across the country and the inhumanity is obvious in each story. Today a family was torn apart, and now is without a breadwinner," said George Miranda, head of Teamsters Joint Council 16.

Family devastated after L.I. father detained for deportation

Garcia at work for Teamsters Local 813, where he worked for 26 years.
Garcia at work for Teamsters Local 813, where he worked for 26 years. (COURTESY OF EBER VASQUEZ)
"Our union lost a valued member ... In the coming days we will be setting up a fund for the Garcia Vasquez family to help them cover their expenses. We will continue fighting for justice for all immigrants," Miranda said.

Garcia's wife Maria, who recently moved with their youngest daughter to Virginia to escape gang violence on Long Island, has been in a wheelchair for the past four months after a horrific car accident.

Without Garcia's earnings, the family could lose its Virginia home, their attorney said.

Garcia came to the U.S. in the 1980s and filed an asylum claim with the government. He was granted permission to work while his case wound its way through the courts.

Rally held in NYC to free Guatemalan set for deportation

Several of his family members in Guatemala, including his mother, have been killed.

Garcia built a life here with his wife, four children and three grandchildren.

His asylum case was finally resolved in 2013, and not in his favor. The courts denied Garcia asylum status but under President Obama's policies he was allowed to stay in the U.S. while his green card petition was sorted out.

Garcia, with his clean criminal background and solid work history, was given the okay to return to his life as long as he checked in annually with ICE.

Guatemalan immigrant denied motion for stay of deportation

When he went for his annual check-in Aug. 24, officials told his attorney his stay of deportation would not be renewed and he was marked for deportation.

His wife and his oldest son Melvin, 25, are U.S. citizens and both have filed green card applications for him — which could possibly get him back into the U.S. within one or two years, his attorney said.

But as the sole means of financial support for his family, the economic damage done to them by Garcia's absence will be hard to repair, the attorney noted.

Tags: IBT Teamster Deportedimmigrant deportedTeamsters Local 813
Categories: Labor News

Long Island Teamster with no criminal record deported to Guatemala days after immigration check-in — with no notice to his family

Current News - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 20:34

Long Island Teamster with no criminal record deported to Guatemala days after immigration check-in — with no notice to his family
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/teamster-deported-notice-family-supp...
Eber Garcia Vasquez pictured with one of his grandchildren. Garcia built a life here with his wife, four children, and three grandchildren.
Eber Garcia Vasquez pictured with one of his grandchildren. Garcia built a life here with his wife, four children, and three grandchildren.(COURTESY OF EBER VASQUEZ)

GINGER ADAMS OTIS
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Thursday, September 7, 2017, 4:52 PM
Thirteen days after he showed up for his annual check-in with immigration officials, Eber Garcia Vasquez — a 26-year Teamster living on Long Island with a clean criminal record — was deported with no notice to his family.

Garcia, 54, called his wife Wednesday from Guatemala to let her know he'd been sent back to the country of his birth, which he'd left nearly three decades ago in the middle of a violent civil war to seek asylum in the U.S.

His abrupt removal from the country came just one day after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents denied two appeals of his deportation order filed by Garcia's attorney.

An immigration Board of Appeal also denied a motion filed by Garcia's attorney to reconsider his deportation because the married father of three American-born children has a valid green card application pending.

Guatemalan mom seeks refuge from deportation at NYC church

He was detained by ICE officials Aug. 24 and sent to a federal holding facility in Bergen County, N.J.

When his appeals were denied Tuesday, an ICE official told Garcia's attorney his deportation was imminent.

By Wednesday, he was back in Guatemala and his family only learned of his removal when he called to tell them where he was, his union said.

An ICE official confirmed his deportation.

"Garcia Vasquez was removed to his native country yesterday without incident," the spokeswoman said.

Teamsters Local 813, which represents workers at the Long Island waste facility where Garcia worked since 1991, had mounted a determined effort to pressure ICE and Homeland Security officials into releasing him.

Backed by elected politicians, the Teamsters held a press conference in front of ICE offices in lower Manhattan — but their pleas to allow Garcia to remain in the U.S. while his green card was processed came to naught.

"I am saddened, and frankly shocked that Eber was deported so quickly. This is happening to thousands of immigrants across the country and the inhumanity is obvious in each story. Today a family was torn apart, and now is without a breadwinner," said George Miranda, head of Teamsters Joint Council 16.

Family devastated after L.I. father detained for deportation

Garcia at work for Teamsters Local 813, where he worked for 26 years.
Garcia at work for Teamsters Local 813, where he worked for 26 years. (COURTESY OF EBER VASQUEZ)
"Our union lost a valued member ... In the coming days we will be setting up a fund for the Garcia Vasquez family to help them cover their expenses. We will continue fighting for justice for all immigrants," Miranda said.

Garcia's wife Maria, who recently moved with their youngest daughter to Virginia to escape gang violence on Long Island, has been in a wheelchair for the past four months after a horrific car accident.

Without Garcia's earnings, the family could lose its Virginia home, their attorney said.

Garcia came to the U.S. in the 1980s and filed an asylum claim with the government. He was granted permission to work while his case wound its way through the courts.

Rally held in NYC to free Guatemalan set for deportation

Several of his family members in Guatemala, including his mother, have been killed.

Garcia built a life here with his wife, four children and three grandchildren.

His asylum case was finally resolved in 2013, and not in his favor. The courts denied Garcia asylum status but under President Obama's policies he was allowed to stay in the U.S. while his green card petition was sorted out.

Garcia, with his clean criminal background and solid work history, was given the okay to return to his life as long as he checked in annually with ICE.

Guatemalan immigrant denied motion for stay of deportation

When he went for his annual check-in Aug. 24, officials told his attorney his stay of deportation would not be renewed and he was marked for deportation.

His wife and his oldest son Melvin, 25, are U.S. citizens and both have filed green card applications for him — which could possibly get him back into the U.S. within one or two years, his attorney said.

But as the sole means of financial support for his family, the economic damage done to them by Garcia's absence will be hard to repair, the attorney noted.

Tags: IBT Teamster Deportedimmigrant deportedTeamsters Local 813
Categories: Labor News

British Airways risks strike action by Unite and GMB over plans to curb pension benefits

Current News - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 20:06

British Airways risks strike action by Unite and GMB over plans to curb pension benefits
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/sep/07/british-airways-naps-pe...
Unite and GMB unions make veiled threat after airline proposes overhaul to limit payouts from defined benefits scheme
A BA plane
BA says it has put £3.5bn into the Naps scheme since 2003. Photograph: Tim Ockenden/PA
Rob Davies
@ByRobDavies
Thursday 7 September 2017 14.31 EDTFirst published on Thursday 7 September 2017 13.45 EDT
British Airways could face further industrial action, this time over plans to curb retirement benefits for 17,000 pension scheme members, a move unions say would have consequences for the carrier.

The airline is proposing an overhaul that would limit retirement payouts from its defined benefit scheme (Naps). It blamed low interest rates and rising life expectancy for an increase in the scheme’s deficit to £3.5bn from £2.8bn in 2015.

British Airways cabin crew extend strike for further two weeks
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BA will close the scheme to future accruals, meaning that staff will not see their retirement payout increase in line with their salary and the length of their service. Instead the airline is understood to be considering opening a new scheme that will include the Naps members along with 20,000 members of its less-generous defined contribution scheme (Barp), under which payouts are tied to the performance of investments.

Despite claiming this would yield “improved terms for the majority of UK colleagues”, BA faced a veiled threat from the Unite and GMB trade unions of fresh strikes, adding to 85 days of industrial action so far this year.

“Unite and GMB within British Airways must express on behalf of our members and in the strongest possible terms, both our dismay and bitter disappointment,” the unions said a joint statement.

“Thousands of loyal and long-serving staff, who have helped build British Airways into a world-class flag carrier for this country and one of the most recognisable global brands, now face uncertainty in their retirement. Both unions jointly demand urgent talks to discuss both the impact of this announcement, if a solution can be found and, if not, the consequences the airline may face.”

Financial analysts employed by the unions are understood to have made proposals to whittle down the scheme’s deficit that would have seen members accept lower payouts in return for higher contributions from the airline.

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But BA said it had put £3.5bn into Naps since 2003, the year it was closed to new members, but had been unable to plug an

Tags: BA StrikeUniteGMBPensions
Categories: Labor News

British Airways risks strike action by Unite and GMB over plans to curb pension benefits

Current News - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 20:06

British Airways risks strike action by Unite and GMB over plans to curb pension benefits
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/sep/07/british-airways-naps-pe...
Unite and GMB unions make veiled threat after airline proposes overhaul to limit payouts from defined benefits scheme
A BA plane
BA says it has put £3.5bn into the Naps scheme since 2003. Photograph: Tim Ockenden/PA
Rob Davies
@ByRobDavies
Thursday 7 September 2017 14.31 EDTFirst published on Thursday 7 September 2017 13.45 EDT
British Airways could face further industrial action, this time over plans to curb retirement benefits for 17,000 pension scheme members, a move unions say would have consequences for the carrier.

The airline is proposing an overhaul that would limit retirement payouts from its defined benefit scheme (Naps). It blamed low interest rates and rising life expectancy for an increase in the scheme’s deficit to £3.5bn from £2.8bn in 2015.

British Airways cabin crew extend strike for further two weeks
Read more
BA will close the scheme to future accruals, meaning that staff will not see their retirement payout increase in line with their salary and the length of their service. Instead the airline is understood to be considering opening a new scheme that will include the Naps members along with 20,000 members of its less-generous defined contribution scheme (Barp), under which payouts are tied to the performance of investments.

Despite claiming this would yield “improved terms for the majority of UK colleagues”, BA faced a veiled threat from the Unite and GMB trade unions of fresh strikes, adding to 85 days of industrial action so far this year.

“Unite and GMB within British Airways must express on behalf of our members and in the strongest possible terms, both our dismay and bitter disappointment,” the unions said a joint statement.

“Thousands of loyal and long-serving staff, who have helped build British Airways into a world-class flag carrier for this country and one of the most recognisable global brands, now face uncertainty in their retirement. Both unions jointly demand urgent talks to discuss both the impact of this announcement, if a solution can be found and, if not, the consequences the airline may face.”

Financial analysts employed by the unions are understood to have made proposals to whittle down the scheme’s deficit that would have seen members accept lower payouts in return for higher contributions from the airline.

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But BA said it had put £3.5bn into Naps since 2003, the year it was closed to new members, but had been unable to plug an

Tags: BA StrikeUniteGMBPensions
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Brazil: Brazilians Celebrate Independence Day, Protest Labor Reforms

Labourstart.org News - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: TeleSUR
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France: Macron’s woes: French unions are gearing up for major strikes

Labourstart.org News - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: The Conversation
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