A 24-hour strike at seven of Germany’s major airports resulted in almost 300,000 passengers being affected. Unionised workers have been demanding high wages, which has resulted in the cancellation of over 2,300 flights.
The strike affected airports in Bremen, Dortmund, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Munich and Stuttgart. The ADV airports association stated that the cancellations affected approximately 295,000 passengers, Investors King reports.
The strike comes at a time when the aviation industry has already been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and many airlines have been struggling to remain afloat. The cancellations have caused chaos for passengers and airlines alike, with many travellers being stranded or forced to make alternative travel arrangements.
Verdi, the trade union behind the strike, announced the action after collective bargaining talks for ground service staff, public sector officials and aviation security workers had failed to progress. The union’s deputy chair, Christine Behle, warned that if nothing is done about pay now, the industry could be in for another chaotic summer. “It’s about sending a really strong signal,” she told Inforadio.
The strike has also had a knock-on effect on other industries, with the 59th Munich Security Conference (MSC) being affected. Romania‘s foreign minister, who was due to attend the conference, had to find alternative travel arrangements after his flight was cancelled.
The disruption caused by the strike highlights the importance of fair pay and conditions for workers in the aviation industry. As the world begins to emerge from the pandemic, it is essential that airlines and other aviation companies work with trade unions to ensure that their employees are treated fairly and that their grievances are addressed.
In the meantime, the fallout from the strike is likely to continue for some time, with passengers and airlines alike feeling the effects.
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Nigeria to Implement Biometric Clearance Gates at International Airports by March 2024
Nigeria is gearing up to introduce a significant upgrade to its airport security measures with the implementation of biometric clearance gates at international airports by March 2024.
This move aims to streamline passenger processing and bolster national security efforts.
Under the plan, five major international airports across Nigeria, including the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Port Harcourt International Airport, and Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu, will be equipped with biometric clearance gates.
These gates will utilize advanced technology to provide seamless clearance services for passengers entering the country.
Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, emphasized that the installation of biometric gates reflects Nigeria’s commitment to enhancing border control management and adhering to global best practices.
The gates are expected to significantly reduce clearance times, with a passenger clearing in just 30 seconds.
Tunji-Ojo highlighted the gates’ dual purpose: expediting passenger processing while also enhancing national security by allowing for quick identification of persons of interest.
The initiative aligns with President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, aiming to provide quality services to Nigerians while ensuring national security.
This modernization effort is poised to address long-standing issues of delays and improve the overall travel experience for passengers at Nigeria’s international airports.
Foreign Embassies Given Two Weeks to Settle $5.36M in Ground Rents
The Nigerian Government has issued a firm ultimatum to 43 foreign embassies and diplomatic houses in Abuja, the nation’s capital, demanding the settlement of outstanding ground rents totaling $5.36 million within two weeks.
In an official advertorial published by the Federal Capital Territory Administration in the Newspaper, the government emphasized the urgency of the matter.
Failure to comply within the stipulated period could result in the revocation of the rent titles held by the diplomatic entities.
The notice serves as a final warning to embassies, including prominent ones like the British High Commission, South African High Commission, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, and the Embassy of Japan, among others.
These embassies and diplomatic entities have been identified as defaulters in the payment of their ground rents.
This directive underscores the Nigerian government’s commitment to ensuring compliance with legal obligations and financial commitments within its jurisdiction, regardless of the status of the entities involved.
The ultimatum is reminiscent of a similar notice issued last September to organizations in Abuja, emphasizing the importance of timely payment of annual rents.
The consequence of non-compliance, as stated in the notice, is the potential revocation of land titles.
The deadline creates a sense of urgency among the affected diplomatic missions, as failure to meet the payment deadline could lead to diplomatic tensions and logistical challenges for the embassies involved.
As the clock ticks, attention is focused on how these foreign embassies will respond to the Nigerian government’s ultimatum and whether they will meet the financial obligations within the stipulated timeframe.
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