Labor Action

16
Jun
12:02 UTC

Tunisia Tactical: Employees at Enfidha-Hammamet, Monastir Habib Bourguiba international airports threaten to strike on June 17-18; allot for disruptions

Please be advised:

  • Employees of a Turkish airport operations and services firm have threatened to go on strike on June 17-18 if their demands for the right to organize a trade union, the reinstatement of their recently dismissed colleagues, and the payment of financial dues are not met.
  • In a statement released by them, the employees have also denounced the Turkish firm’s non-compliance with previously concluded agreements and its disregard for the demands of its employees regarding healthy working conditions.
  • The Turkish airport operations and services firm handles duty-free services, food and beverage services, ground handling services, IT, security and operational services at the Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport and the Monastir-Habib Bourguiba International Airport.
  • Disruptions to flight operations have reportedly been witnessed at the Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport over the past week due to the layoff of several employees at the facility by the Turkish firm.

Assessments & Forecast:

The aviation and tourism industries of Tunisia have been severely impacted by the global COVID-19-related travel restrictions that have been in place over the past year and a half. This has led to a fall in revenue for airlines as well as companies operating airports in the country, which has compelled them to lay off workers, as recently witnessed at the Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport. Although it is currently unclear whether the Turkish firm has opened negotiations with its employees or reached any kind of agreement with them, it is highly unlikely that they will reinstate workers who were recently laid off due to financial constraints. FORECAST: Therefore, it is likely that the planned strikes at the Enfidha-Hammamet and the Monastir-Habib Bourguiba international airport will proceed as planned. This is liable to lead to significant disruptions to operations at these airports, including longer processing times as well as delays, diversions, and cancellations of flights. This is especially as the employees of the Turkish firm who are going on strike are responsible for providing ground handling services as well as security and operations services.

Recommendations:

Those traveling through the Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport and the Monastir-Habib Bourguiba International Airport on June 17-18 are advised to allot extra time for travel and reconfirm itineraries, while also anticipating possible delays and cancellations due to the planned strike by airport workers. 

COUNTRY RISK LEVEL Medium
AFFECTED AREA Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport, Monastir-Habib Bourguiba International Airport; Tunisia
INCIDENT RISK LEVEL Low
STRENGTH OF SOURCE Confirmed

Please be advised:

  • Employees of a Turkish airport operations and services firm have threatened to go on strike on June 17-18 if their demands for the right to organize a trade union, the reinstatement of their recently dismissed colleagues, and the payment of financial dues are not met.
  • In a statement released by them, the employees have also denounced the Turkish firm’s non-compliance with previously concluded agreements and its disregard for the demands of its employees regarding healthy working conditions.
  • The Turkish airport operations and services firm handles duty-free services, food and beverage services, ground handling services, IT, security and operational services at the Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport and the Monastir-Habib Bourguiba International Airport.
  • Disruptions to flight operations have reportedly been witnessed at the Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport over the past week due to the layoff of several employees at the facility by the Turkish firm.

Assessments & Forecast:

The aviation and tourism industries of Tunisia have been severely impacted by the global COVID-19-related travel restrictions that have been in place over the past year and a half. This has led to a fall in revenue for airlines as well as companies operating airports in the country, which has compelled them to lay off workers, as recently witnessed at the Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport. Although it is currently unclear whether the Turkish firm has opened negotiations with its employees or reached any kind of agreement with them, it is highly unlikely that they will reinstate workers who were recently laid off due to financial constraints. FORECAST: Therefore, it is likely that the planned strikes at the Enfidha-Hammamet and the Monastir-Habib Bourguiba international airport will proceed as planned. This is liable to lead to significant disruptions to operations at these airports, including longer processing times as well as delays, diversions, and cancellations of flights. This is especially as the employees of the Turkish firm who are going on strike are responsible for providing ground handling services as well as security and operations services.

Recommendations:

Those traveling through the Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport and the Monastir-Habib Bourguiba International Airport on June 17-18 are advised to allot extra time for travel and reconfirm itineraries, while also anticipating possible delays and cancellations due to the planned strike by airport workers. 

COUNTRY RISK LEVEL Medium
AFFECTED AREA Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport, Monastir-Habib Bourguiba International Airport; Tunisia
INCIDENT RISK LEVEL Low
STRENGTH OF SOURCE Confirmed

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