NAIROBI (Reuters) - A strike over a labor dispute disrupted flights at Kenya’s main international airport in Nairobi early on Wednesday, Kenya Airports Authority said, though the transport minister expected them to resume soon. A Kenya Airways flight attendant uses her cell phone as they gather at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport during a labour dispute that grounded flights near Nairobi, Kenya March 6, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya Hundreds of passengers were waiting outside the international and domestic terminals and riot police dispersed picketing ground staff, a Reuters witness said, adding that three planes took off at about 0530 GMT despite the strike. Twenty-five foreign airlines operate out of JKIA, including Kenya Airways, Turkish Airlines, Emirates, South African Airways and Ethiopian Airlines. Transport Minister James Macharia said replacement staff had been found to screen passengers and luggage. “That matter has been sorted out... I can assure … [Read more...] about Strike over labor dispute grounds flights at Kenya’s main airport
A Kenya Airways flight attendant uses her cell phone as they gather at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport during a labour dispute that grounded flights near Nairobi, Kenya March 6, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya NAIROBI (Reuters) - A strike prompted by a labour dispute grounded flights at Kenya’s main international airport in Nairobi early on Wednesday, domestic media said, with flag carrier Kenya Airways saying flights were disrupted. Hundreds of passengers were waiting outside the domestic terminal and riot police dispersed picketing ground staff, a Reuters witness said, adding that three planes took off at about 8:30 a.m. despite the strike. “Customers on flights after 11 a.m. are advised not to come to the airport until further communication is shared,” Kenya Airways said in a statement via social network Twitter. The strike at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport follows a labour dispute between the Kenya Aviation Workers Union (KAWU)and the airline. … [Read more...] about Strike over labour dispute grounds flights at Kenya’s main airport
FILE PHOTO: Tails of Air France airplanes are seen at Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy, near Paris, France, August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File Photo (Reuters) - Air France said on Friday it had reached a pay agreement for 2019 with unions representing ground staff, as it seeks to move on from labor disputes which weighed on its results last year. The deal will provide for pay increases of 1.8 percent, as well as money to finance individual bonuses and measures to make the payment of overtime easier, Air France said. The airline was hit by a series of costly strikes in 2018, which led to the departure of chief executive Jean-Marc Janaillac in May and his replacement by former Air Canada executive Ben Smith. On Thursday Air France announced the signing of a new agreement with cabin crew. “Together with yesterday’s signing of the agreement with Air France cabin crew, this is proof of our dedication to re-establishing trust with all Air France … [Read more...] about Air France reaches pay deal with ground staff
Baltimore's arcane system of ground rents, widely viewed as a harmless vestige of colonial law, is increasingly being used by some investors to seize homes or extract large fees from people who often are ignorant of the loosely regulated process, an investigation by The Sun has found. Tens of thousands of Baltimore homeowners must pay rent twice a year on the land under their houses. If they fall behind on the payments, the ground rent holders can sue to seize the houses-- and have done so nearly 4,000 times in the past six years, sometimes over back rent as little as $24, The Sun found. More than half of the ground rent suits filed in the past six years were brought by entities associated with four groups of individuals and families, court records show. Most ground rent holders insist that home ownership is rarely put in peril. But Baltimore judges awarded houses to ground rent holders at least 521 times between 2000 and the end of March 2006, The Sun found, analyzing court computer … [Read more...] about On shaky ground
But to a staff member of TorqueNews.com, it sounded like “the sweet roar of a high performance engine” that could belong to the highly anticipated 2018 Corvette ZR1 or the rumored mid-engine C8. “Starting early this morning (Monday), we could hear something on the GM test track accelerating hard through the gears over and over on end,” Patrick Rall wrote on the website, “and while we couldn’t get a look at what was making this sweet sound, it was clearly a high-performance V8 engine.” Rall says the test went on “over and over” for about four hours, only stopping when rain began to fall. Because each “run” came closely together, he speculates that GM may have been testing a collection of cars, “running each of them up through the gears under hard throttle and then letting off … only to have another go a short time later.” He said it sounded as if each test put the cars through what sounded like wide … [Read more...] about What Was Making that Huge Sound Out at GM’s Milford Proving Grounds Yesterday??