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Air traffic controllers back strike

DPA/The Local · 9 Apr 2010, 15:28

Published: 09 Apr 2010 15:28 GMT+02:00

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But the GdF won’t reveal the date or scope of their strike until 24 hours ahead of time, it said, adding that any aviation emergencies would still be attended to during that time.

“It’s open as to when the action will begin,” GdF leader Markus Siebers said.

The labour dispute centres on controllers’ workload. DFS labour director Jens Bergmann called the union’s demands for its some 3,200 workers “incomprehensible” and asked that they return to the negotiating table.

On Thursday, pilots for Europe’s largest airline Lufthansa have called off their threat to strike following an agreement on negotiation guidelines between their union Cockpit and the carrier.

The pilots had initially planned what would have been a very expensive four-day strike from April 13-16 for Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo, and subsidiary Germanwings.

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But now the two sides late on Wednesday agreed to take their dispute to mediation, they said.

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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15:58 April 9, 2010 by Joshontour
Hopefully Merkel will have the spine to send in the military's ATCers like Reagan did, I have three flights booked next week and don't need this right now.
17:21 April 9, 2010 by dbert4
F*** Ronald Reagan! That loser of a B movie actor caused most of the problems which confront the US today.

The American controllers went on strike over valid safety concerns and working conditions. Ronnie boy fired them and the FAA had to address the same issues later with the new ones. Luckily he wasn't able to destroy the US air traffic system the way that his pal Maggie Thatcher did British Rail.
20:29 April 9, 2010 by AirForceGuy
Now these union memebrs are acting like terrorists, just trying to create the most panic and confusion to get their own selfish ways... And they have the power to do it, but if they cause too much panic and confusion, the public and government will turn against them. They ultimately ARE replaceable as was shown in the US in the 1980's.
20:43 April 9, 2010 by cobalisk
I have to disagree with Joshontour and AFGuy on this one. Air Traffic control is a vital job and one that allows very little margin for error. If the employees are striking because of their 'workload' then it really is not about greed is it?

ATC workload is a serious issue and one that certainly deserves strong action, not just for the employees but also for the flying public. A tired or burned out ATC is more likely to make mistakes and innocent travelers will pay the price.

Please remember that ATC is a difficult and stressful job. If they choose to strike because DFS wants to overload them, we should be thanking them for standing on safety, our safety.
22:11 April 9, 2010 by ColoSlim
Dig up Ronnie he might have made a mess of things but he sent a message. When you work maintaining critical infrastructure, striking is out. Don't like your job leave and don't come back.
23:45 April 9, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, I'm sure we all agree that ATC's are very important.

However, in Germany over the last year or so, unions have been doing all that they can to gain extra money, even if there is none available.

Illogical strikes are simply immoral, especially when they disrupt the lives of many innocent people.
18:17 April 10, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Reagan fired the Air Traffic Controllers as a template for his campaign to bust labor unions. It worked. American unions are either extinct or powerless, and workers are in most instances at the mercy of their employers. The current coal mine disaster in West Virginia is what happens as a result of union busting, along with more mundane examples of worker exploitation on a daily basis.

I hope the German air traffic controllers don't set something in motion that will backfire badly, as it did in America during the Reagan regime.
21:06 April 11, 2010 by dbert4
@Prufrock2010 - I think not. The Business = good and Union + bad, schit that the American public bought hasn't been bought into by the German public.

I'm glad to see that the American, "bend over and take it, else we'll send your job to China and India" hasn't caught on here. Somehow companies that do business in Germany are expected to act in a certain way.

I'm waiting for the US to have a government with the balls to tell business to, "bend over and take it" as the price for participating in the US economy.

To those with only a US education, that means that if you want to do business in America, manufacture in America and pay a living wage. Or else sell your Chinese schit in China.
01:12 April 12, 2010 by Prufrock2010

I'm waiting for the same thing. We'll have a long wait, as that boat has sailed. Alas....
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