By Libya Herald reporter.
Tripoli, 16 December 2016:
The Libyan Ground Services Company has suspended its operations at all airports except Tripoli’s Mitiga airport after baggage handlers went on strike over a year of unpaid salaries.
A month ago, baggage handlers at Misrata suspended industrial action the started the previous week over the salaries’ issue, giving the company until 15 December to sort it out. Otherwise, they warned at the time, they would ensure a nationwide strike.
The suspension of work, which puts a stop to flights in and out of Labraq, Misrata, Tamenhint, Tobruk and Zuwara comes despite efforts by the Presidency Council (PC) to avert a strike. Four days ago, PC Deputy president Ahmed Maetig wrote to the acting finance minister ordering him to pay the handlers their back salaries. This has not happened so far, although it is not clear if Mitiga handers have been paid.
International flights in and out of Mitiga are operating normally.