German air traffic union calls off strike

German air traffic union calls off strike

A strike over pay by German air traffic controllers which threatened to disrupt 3,000 flights today has been called off.

The country's air traffic control company Deutsche Flugsicherung won an injunction blocking the strike late yesterday.

The company said in its filing that the planned strike over pay would be “disproportionate and illegal.” The Frankfurt labour court ruled against the action while allowing an immediate appeal.

The controllers' union had asked 3,400 staff to walk out between 6am and noon after rejecting revised wage proposals.

Meanwhile, Air France warned said that some flights faced long delays and advised passengers to check times on its website as maintenance workers extended industrial action over pay.

The rolling strike, which began in June, may cause flights to be rescheduled, with overnight delays possible but no flight cancellations are expected. Up to 100 out of 2,500 mechanics based at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport are involved.

Air France cancelled 4.4% of flights last weekend because of a separate pilot walkout which ended on Monday.

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