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Apr 13th, 2015, 11:01 AM
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French air traffic strike on hold

French air traffic controllers scrap planned strike

French air traffic controllers on Monday called off strike action planned for later in the week after a "satisfactory" meeting with management over working conditions.

The SNCTA union had planned to go on strike from Thursday to Saturday -- following on from two days of industrial action last week that grounded around half the flights in French air space.

The DGAC air traffic civil aviation authority "has given us a satisfactory document," said union boss Roger Rousseau as he announced the lifting of the strike call.

The main air traffic controllers' union, the SNCTA, initially urged industrial action on April 16 to 18 and April 29 to May 2 -- key holiday periods.

They are demanding talks over working practices and retirement age, currently set at 59 for air traffic controllers.

Their strike last week forced airlines to scrap around a half of their scheduled flights but passengers were generally well informed in advance and there was minimal chaos.

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Apr 13th, 2015, 11:50 AM
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>>passengers were generally well informed in advance and there was minimal chaos.<<

Minimal chaos for who?? The couple just setting out on a 5 night honeymoon, or the large family on a "once in a lifetime" vacation might have been a little "pis...".

We avoid flying Air France now, because of the strike we encountered last year.

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Apr 13th, 2015, 12:14 PM
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It's been very stressful the last few days since we're booked during those next strike dates. It effected many airlines last week, since it's the Air traffic control who is striking, not an airline.

Finally, I can take a deep sigh and anticipate a wonderful trip.

Thanks Stu for your Provence input.
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Apr 13th, 2015, 12:26 PM
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It's almost like airlines should have to post the expiry dates of all their collective agreements with all their unions. But there are so many agreements and bargaining units, that there is always someone ready to call a strike vote. If not the airlines, then the air traffic guys, or the taxis, TSA, or somebody!!! You really can't control for it.
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Apr 13th, 2015, 12:59 PM
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But the French never have a strike in July or August when it's time for their vacation.

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