Court blocks German air traffic control strike
A court in Frankfurt on Wednesday banned a threatened strike over pay by German air traffic controllers, who promptly vowed to appeal the decision.
The court ruling issued the injunction after being referred the case by Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS), the agency responsible for air traffic.
The strike could affect up to 2,500 flights from 06H00 to 12H00 (0400 TO 1000 GMT) on Thursday, at the height of the holiday season.
Over 95 percent of members in the sector's union GDF -- which represents 3,000 of the country's 5,500 air traffic controllers -- had voted for all-out strike action.
The union is demanding a 6.5-percent pay increase for its members, along with better working conditions, but management has offered just 4.1 percent over two years, according to a union statement.
A ruling on the appeal was expected later Wednesday.
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