Published On: Thu, Dec 4th, 2014

Airport employees on strike – Chaos at the airport

airportWILLEMSTAD – There were long lines and large crowds this morning at Hato Airport. Doors were locked so no one could go inside or to the aircrafts. Checked luggages remained on the band and hundreds of passengers were delayed.

All this because of a strike held by the staff of Curaçao Airport Partners (CAP). According to the latest update, the ABVO union asked the staff to resume work.

A part of the airport staff went on strike this morning. The employees stopped working because of the collective agreement negotiations between CAP and trade union ABVO, which have been going on for nine months now. The two parties have not been able to reach an agreement yet.

It is basically the staff that is in charge of the airport operations, such as the screeners. CAP decided to position specialized staff, who were not on strike, on strategic places so that the operational activities could continue. This is to minimize the effects the strike could have on the passengers.

The management of CAP met again this morning with ABVO. CAP requested for the Mediator to help both parties to come to a solution to the collective agreement. A delegation from the Ministry of Economic Development, including Minister Stanley Palm, came to the airport to talk to both parties.

“The staff will have reason to be dissatisfied, but then you have to talk to each other to come closer together. You should consider the passengers before proceeding to such actions,” said InselAir Director, Edward Heerenveen. “There's always something with this airport, I get so tired of it!”


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