Europe currently finds itself in the midst of numerous strikes, with workers across various sectors taking to the streets to demand better pay and improved working conditions. The impact of these strikes is significant, especially for travelers who have made plans to visit the continent in the upcoming weeks.
In Spain, Iberia ground services staff went on strike from January 5 to 8, affecting all 29 airports served by the country’s flag carrier. Passengers are advised to check for alternative flights as workers protest outsourcing, which may result in changes to their working conditions.
Additionally, airport security staff at Alicante-Elche airport will strike from January 1-14, impacting security controls and baggage handling during two daily two-hour walkouts. In the UK, planned strikes on the London Underground from January 8-12 were called off last minute due to a revised pay offer.
In Italy, a nationwide public transport strike on January 24 is expected to cause potential delays and cancellations for air travelers as air traffic controllers plan a walkout. As for France, despite a temporary relief for travelers over the holidays, disputes over pay could lead to resumed walkouts after the busy holiday season.
German train drivers plan to strike from January 10-12, with further strikes anticipated throughout the year. The ongoing tensions have led to accusations of conflicts of interest, potentially impacting the ability to negotiate collective agreements with railway companies.
Regardless of the weather, tourists to Europe are always recommended to purchase travel insurance when traveling to the zone, as it can protect them from unexpected expenses. Companies like AXA Travel Insurance, Europ Assistance, Allianz Travel Insurance, Mondial Care, Mutuaide, and DR-WALTER offer some of the most affordable deals so that tourists can enjoy their trip to Europe at any time. Stay informed and be prepared!
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