kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 11996 posts, RR: 36 Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3079 times:
Jeez, it doesn't stop, does it ... Lufty pilots on strike now, French ATC from tomorrow and then, BA cabin crew from the 1st March.
What is the reason for the French ATC strike anyway; is it to maintain currency? After all, it's probably like any other aspect of their work; they need to train to maintain proficiency; imagine the crisis if they woke up one morning and forgot how to strike?! Zut alors!
icna05e From France, joined Feb 2006, 289 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2787 times:
As I understood it, basically the strike is against the planned merger of 6 or 7 Air Navigation Service Providers within the core European airspace. This project is implemented as part of EU's "single sky"policy.
One big union is not calling for strike, because they are pushing for something that would fit in this frame. However, another one (and more diversified, i.e. strongly representing civil aviation sraff which are not ATCO and a chunk of ATCOs themselves) are asking to keep the national ANSPs as they are and make they cooperate more closely. that's the one calling for the 4-day strike. They triggered another one last month which was pretty severely followed.
And, to make matters just little darker, another union is calling for the middle of the road: 2 day strike. Will be interesting to see how the week develops!
This is definitely a landmark in negociations for the future look of air traffic services, conflicts are to be expected. hopefully everyone can work together towards a bright future, but the stakes are high.