Thursday, August 4, 2011

German ATCs call off strike

Neelam Mathews
Aug 4, 2011

The German air traffic controllers have withdrawn their strike call after a court ruling in Frankfurt banned their action over pay.

Despite the decision to call off the strike, some delays are expected Thursday morning because airlines and airports had anticipated the strike.

The strike would have affected up to 2,500 flights for six hours at the height of the holiday season.

But the union could still announce industrial action for Friday which, if it went ahead, would be a first.

The union wants a 6.5 percent pay increase for its members and better working conditions; management has offered just 4.1 percent over two years, according to a statement.

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