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Germany braced for air traffic controllers strike

Published: 03/08/2011 - Filed under: News »

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The GdF union has called a six-hour strike from 0600 tomorrow (Thursday August 4), following the rejection of revised wage proposals.

Should the strike take place it is likely to affect flights operating over the country, as well as those departing from and arriving into German cities.

It is still possible that the strike may be averted, with union talks continuing today, and DFS, the company in charge of the country's air traffic control operations, is seeking a court order to stop the strikes going ahead.

As of 1130 BST today the homepage of Lufthansa's website was carrying the following statement:

"There is a possibility of an air traffic controllers strike in Germany on Thursday August 4 between 6am and 12pm. 

"We will observe the further development and will make preparations for our customers if necessary. 

"We will update this page as soon as we have further information, approximately today in the late afternoon german time."

Germanwings says it has resheduled several early morning flights from Cologne / Bonn airport to Palma, Thessaloniki and Kavala, "to make arrangements for a possible reduction in the number of tourist flights" - for more information click here.

For more information visit lufthansa.com

Report by Mark Caswell

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BusinessTraveller - 03/08/2011 14:15

UPDATE: We have received the following statement from Lufthansa regarding possible strike action:

- We are monitoring events and are very concerned about the strike threats by Germany’s air traffic controllers. Those who stand to suffer most are the passengers and the airlines.

- We consider a strike by Air Traffic Control (DFS) to be illegal and unreasonable.

- Given the new European regulations to protect consumers, we do not consider that the demands by the air traffic controllers’ union, the GdF, can be met.

- We appeal to the bargaining partners to sit down at the negotiating table in order to seek a solution and not to pursue their wage conflict at the expense of passengers.

- If strike action by such a small group of people can have such serious consequences, we must redefine the rules of play for industrial disputes and the scale of industrial action, as is the case in other European countries.

With regard to potential impact on Lufthansa's operations, we are monitoring further developments and, if required, we will make the necessary preparations. At this point in time, no flights have been cancelled. We advise our passengers to log on to our website at lufthansa.com to obtain the latest updates.

cbroo79 - 03/08/2011 22:14

Seems the strike is off for the time being.

This according to Germanwings and LH websites as of 6.10PM US EST!

Check flight departures ex US though as some flights have been preponed by LH by 30 minutes!

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