Two different accounts have emerged of the impact of striking ground crew at Pearson International Airport this past weekend, after 700 unionized staff walked off the job last Friday (July 28).
The Canadian Press reported that Swissport, the company employing the striking workers, stated that no major delays were reported on Sunday afternoon; however, Harjinder Badial, an official with the Teamsters union, which represents the striking workers, stated that he had received reports of backlogs in baggage movement at Pearson's Terminal Three along with some flight delays.
Workers walked off the job Friday at midnight protesting pay and benefit cuts, resulting in baggage handling delays of between 20 minutes and three hours later that day, the report stated.
Affected airlines include Transat, Sunwing, Cathay Pacific, KLM, Lufthansa, Lot Polish, Air France, British Airways, Fly Jamaica, Caribbean Etihad, Philippine, Turkish, Egypt Air, Jet, Cubana, Pakistan, China Eastern, Eva, Saudia, Hainan, Azores, Aer Lingus, TAP, Brussels, Alitalia, Austrian, El Al, WOW, Interjet and Avianca.
Travellers are being advised by Pearson to check the status of their flight.