German air traffic controllers plan Tuesday strike: union
Monday 08 August 2011
German air traffic controllers plan a six-hour strike Tuesday at the height of the holiday travel season to back up demands for pay hikes after calling off planned action last week, their union said.
The GdF union said Monday the controllers would stop work at 0400 GMT Tuesday and resume six hours later. Members are demanding a 6.5 percent wage increase.
The union withdrew a strike call Wednesday, hours after a court ruling in Frankfurt banned its action in a case brought by the agency responsible for air traffic, the Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS).
The GdF represents more than 3,000 of Germany's 5,500 air controllers.
The DFS said it would turn to the courts anew to stop Tuesday's action, which was not covered by last week's court ruling.
"Nothing has changed legally since the last court response to a possible strike," a spokeswoman said.
"Unfortunately the controllers rejected our offer for negotiations," she added, leading to an "escalation" of the conflict.
Union representatives refused to sit down with employers after DFS declined to present a new pay offer.
Controllers earn between 72,000 and 130,000 euros ($104,000 and 187,000) per year, according to employers.
Airlines said they feared major delays Tuesday in the middle of the brisk August travel season.
auctionThe first 23 lots have now gone. But there are 22 more still up for grabs
healthJames Bond's alcohol consumption puts him at 'high risk' of cirrhosis, tremors... and impotence
musicPolice chief rejects rappers' claims that his work is as dangerous as law enforcement or military service
comedy'Fresh Meat' star sees off stiff competition from Alan Carr, David Mitchell, Graham Norton, Lee Mack and Sarah Millican to win top prize
tvSpoiler alert: Find out the result of a heated final show
Beatles rush out 'bootleg' album to defy EU copyright law
Harvey Weinstein reveals his secret weapon on-set
Now that an oil trader's drinking has got him sacked, will we all have to make do with an afternoon latte?
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Idris Elba get nods for Best Actor, which no black Brit has ever won
Geoffrey Macnab reviews The Desolation of Smaug - the meat in Peter Jackson's Hobbit sandwich
peopleWhat advice would David Cameron give to his younger self?
- 1 French café starts charging extra to rude customers
- 2 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 3 Australia incest case: Severely deformed children found in remote farming community after generations of inbreeding
- 4 Physicists discover 'clearest evidence yet' that the Universe is a hologram
- 5 Fox News presenter tells viewers it is a 'fact' that both Jesus and Santa Claus are white
- < Previous
- Next >
£21000 - £27000 per annum + Benefits: Corporate Traveller: We're looking for t...
£23000 - £27000 per annum + £18K & Uncapped Commission & Benefits: Flight Cent...
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Flight Centre Limited: Exceptional opportunity for ...
£23000 - £27000 per annum + Award-Winning Benefits: Round The World Experts: L...