German strike threatens summer flight disruption

German strike threatens summer flight disruption

The prospect of flight disruption over the summer holiday period has been raised as German air traffic controllers voted to strike in a row over pay.

The GdF union said a ballot of members produced a 95.8% vote in favour of a walkout. No decision has been made on whether or when strikes will go ahead. 

A decision is expected on Tuesday August 2 when union leaders consider a new offer made by Germany's air traffic control authority over the weekend. GdF has been seeking a one-year wage deal with a 6.5% pay increase for some 5,500 controllers.

Germany's air traffic control authority said its new offer involves a 3.2% rise and a one-time payment now, followed by a smaller rise - of 2%, or at least the level of inflation - in November 2012.

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