As result of the strike more than one in four flights (150 out of 550) have been cancelled.
A resolution to the industrial dispute at Aviapartner looks as far away as ever. Management’s proposals to offer 30 of the 78 temps it employs at Zaventem a permanent employment contract and give the baggage handlers at 250 euro bonus if the strike were to end immediately have been rejected.
The unions say that the proposals don’t go far enough. Fouad Bougrine of the liberal trade union ACLVB told VRT News that
"The idea of negotiations is that you meet eachother half way. However, management has never given the impression of wishing to do so”.
Talks to resume on Sunday afternoon
Talks on finding a resolution for the dispute will resume on Sunday afternoon. Unlike Saturday’s talks, Sunday’s talks won’t be held at Brussels Airport in Zaventem (Flemish Brabant), but at the offices of the Federal Employment and Labour Department in Brussels.
Anyone due to fly from Zaventem is advised to check whether their flight has been cancelled before leaving home. They can do so on the Brussel Airport Website.