Travel plans for thousands of passengers have been thrown into chaos with a strike by baggage handlers at Brussels’ International Airport. Flights have been cancelled, delayed or diverted. Airport authorities say they are doing their best to look after and inform would-be travellers but not all of those kept waiting agree. One female passenger complained about a lack of information and at the way people are being treated by airport staff. She said it was inefficient and impolite.
Workers for two luggage handling companies are taking action over their workload and conditions. Despite the disruption, the unions argue the strike is justified. “Since the start of the holidays, we have said that there is not enough staff for loading and unloading and the management has always said that they would find a solution,” said Curt Kallaert of the CSC-Transcom union. “And today, it is too much!”
For now, there is no solution in sight and the industrial action appears to be spreading. Some of those working on the airport’s runways have reportedly joined in.