Southern Train conductors set to strike tomorrow, 26 April

Travelling by train to Gatwick tomorrow? Then be aware that members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will stage a 24-hour strike from 11am, 26 April.

This is the first of three one-day strikes called in response to Govia Thameslink Railway’s decision to introduce Driver Only Operation (DOO) on all Southern trains, which the union says threatens jobs, conditions and public safety.

Although the strike will affect Southern train services, Gatwick Express and Thameslink services are expected to be extremely busy and may not stop at all normal destinations.

Two other 24-hour strikes are planned for the same time on 10 and 12 May.

For the latest, up-to-date information on the strike action visit the Southern Trains website.

easyJet cabin crew strike threat

There’s speculation that easyJet staff are planning industrial action this summer.

City A.M. is reporting that cabin crew are planning to walk out after a breakdown in negotiations over pay – a dispute that has been running for some months.

Although Unite union is expected to give easyJet seven days notice of strike action, it claims there is still scope for negotiations to continue.

easyJet, however, is reassuring its passengers that no industrial action is currently planned and that it is confident it will operate its full summer flight schedule.

More information will be posted when we receive it.

Rail strike set to affect travel to Gatwick this week

UPDATE: the proposed strike action has been called off.

Proposed industrial action by the RMT Union is set to cause disruption to rail services to and from Gatwick this week and next.

A 24-hour strike is set to start at 17:00 on Thursday 4 June and end at 16:59 on Friday 5 June.

A 48-hour strike is expected to start at 17:00 on Tuesday 9 June, finishing at 16:59 on Thursday 11 June.

There will also be an overtime ban from 00:01 on Saturday 6 June until Friday 12 June.

It is unclear what services will run, however, Network Rail is still in talks with the RMT to avert industrial action.

If the strikes do go ahead, expect trains that do run to be extremely busy, and also heavy traffic on the roads to Gatwick as travellers make alternative travel arrangements.

For more information on the industrial action visit  nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/99287.aspx

dnata two-day strike at Gatwick averted

Great news for all you travellers out there, the planned two-day strike by dnata staff has been suspended.

Staff at Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester airports were due to begin a two-day strike tomorrow over a pay deal, however, following an improved offer, the strike has been suspended.

During the next two weeks staff, who are members of Unite, are due to be balloted on the revised pay offer.

Unite regional officer Kevin Hall said: “Unite is pleased to confirm that strike action has been suspended following a revised offer which better reflects the contribution our members make to the company.”

Border Agency Staff Strike 29 – 30 June

Air passengers flying into Gatwick Airport may be affected by a 24-hour strike by UK Border Agency staff.

The strike starts this evening, 29 June 2011, and could cause delays at passport control

The Border Agency is advising passengers arriving into the country to have their travel documents, including passports available and taken out of any wallets or to use e-Passport gates.