European Air Controllers Call For Continent-Wide Strike on October 10

By Paul Riegler on 22 September 2013
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Aircraft at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport

Aircraft at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport

Travelers planning a trip to, from, or within Europe on October 10 may face massive cancellations that day.  The Air Traffic Controllers European Unions Coordination is calling on its members to take part in a pan-European job action on 10 October to protect European Commission plans to merge air-traffic control services across the European Union.

The group, which was created in 1989, is an umbrella organization for 28 trade unions that represent more than 14,000 air-traffic controllers on the European continent.

The union says it is protesting the EC’s “attempt to deregulate every profession that ensures the passenger safety” through its planned actions.

The European Commission released the Single European Sky II+ package of measures that do away with national monopolies in air-traffic control and call for “application of normal procurement rules to ensure a transparent selection of the provider offering the best cost/benefit ratio” among other changes.  The Commission says that the initiative will increase overall capacity, reduce delays, lower emissions, and cut fuel costs, all while saving  €5 billion per year without compromising safety

The October action will not be the first in protest of the Commission’s plans. In June, French unions protested the planned reforms with a three-day strike that required airlines to reduce flights by a minimum of 50% across the country.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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