Travel insurance and strike action: Greece general strike today, plus Thomas Cook to vote on strike action

By , October 5, 2011 10:45 am
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With another general strike taking place in Greece today and Thomas Cook cabin crew set to vote on strike action it seems like a good time to talk about what cover your travel insurance over 65 could provide if your holiday is effected by strike action.

In short, if you have booked your holiday and bought your travel insurance cover before any strike dates are announced you should be able to submit a claim under the travel delay section of your travel insurance policy.  Generally, if your outbound  or return flight to or from the UK is delayed due to strike or industrial  you can claim a benefit for every full 12 or 24 hours that you are delayed, check your policy wording for details. This benefit is intended to help cover additional expenses such as food and drink if you are stuck at the airport for longer than expected.

Also, if your flight is delayed by more than 12 or 24 hours you often have the option with your travel insurance policy to abandon your holiday and make a claim for the cost, again, you should check your policy terms and conditions for full details.

To ensure that you get the full benefit of cover for travel delay due to strike action, you should ensure that you buy travel insurance as soon as you book your holiday. You never know when another strike will be announced, and once strike dates have been made public it will be too late to get travel insurance to cover it.

General strike in Greece

Another 24-hour general strike will take place is due to take place in Greece today, 5 October. Public and private sector unions, local authorities, hospitals, air traffic controllers, and some media outlets have announced that they intend to join the industrial action.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are advising holiday makers and travellers who think they may be affected to contact their airlines for further information about flight timings. Visitors should also consider alternative methods of transport to reach ports or airports in Greece as buses and trains may not be running as expected.

Thomas Cook cabin crew set to vote on strike action

Just as it seems BA have finally sorted out the long dispute with their cabin crew, another group of airline employees look set to take strike action. Thomas Cook cabin crew are due to be balloted on strike action within the next week, following a breakdown of talks with management over the company’s redundancy plans.  Let’s hope they manage to come to an agreement before it results in strike action and more disruption to UK travellers.

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