Strikes, cancellations, queues, travel chaos – The EU shows the UK how it’s done

Trade union militancy and staff shortages increase in the EU, causing misery for the public

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Right across the EU, passengers are experiencing nightmares

Watching the BBC or Sky News, readers could be forgiven for thinking that the current rail strikes and airport queues in the United Kingdom are a peculiarly British phenomenon – and one at least partially caused by Brexit.

Ah non. Pity the poor, underpaid, hardworking EU Commission officials as they attempt to flee Brussels for their long summer vacations. And it’s a similar story in many EU countries.

Brussels airport on Monday - fermé

On Monday (20 June 2022) Brussels – home to most of the EU’s various institutions – was paralysed by a national strike. The ACV, ACLVB and ABVV trade unions took to the streets of the capital to protest about the cost of living crisis.

Commenting on the strike by its security screening staff at the airport, the company said: “Current estimates indicate that passengers will have to wait up to eight hours at the security screening.” In fact all flights from Brussels airport were cancelled and the transport system was badly affected.

To pour salt on the wounds of those EU Commission bureaucrats exhausted by their constant battle to punish Brexit Britain and hoping to go off on a ‘fact-finding mission’ to some exotic destination, Brussels airport is today impacted by yet more strikes.

Today also sees the start of a three-day strike by cabin crew, affecting tens of thousands of passengers. Further strikes are planned by pilots unions and others.

It isn’t only Belgium – Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain – everywhere you look in the EU

Holland’s largest airport (Schipol) – an international hub - has curtailed flights, as has Germany’s largest airport (Frankfurt). This is all due to a shortage of qualified staff, after so many were laid off as a consequence of all the severe Covid measures that were imposed in the last two years.

In Italy there was a transport walkout last Friday. Yesterday a breakdown in negotiations in Warsaw with air traffic controllers looks set to disrupt flights through Eastern Europe and beyond.


Strangely, no-one in Europe has thus far suggested that the travel chaos across the EU has been caused by Brexit.

Queues and cancellations because of a lack of qualified staff? This is down to Covid lay-offs. Strikes over the cost of living crisis? This is down to governments printing money to pay people to sit at home, thereby fuelling inflation, as well as the worldwide hike in energy costs.

Any problems in the EU rarely make headlines in the UK’s broadcast media – except perhaps for GB News.

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Brexit Facts4EU.Org, Thurs 23 June 2022

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