German air traffic controllers set to strike
German air traffic controllers were set to strike for six hours Tuesday, at the height of the holiday season, to back demands for higher pay after a court authorised their industrial action.
But the agency responsible for air traffic, the Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS), immediately appealed the ruling to a higher court and an injunction against the strike could still be issued late Monday.
An earlier strike, planned for last week, was called off at the last minute because of a similar court decision.
The GdF union meanwhile said its members would stop work at 0400 GMT Tuesday and resume six hours later.
Members are demanding a 6.5 percent wage increase.
The DFS has accused GdF union representatives of rejecting its offer for further negotiations, while the union said it would not sit down for talks until a new pay offer was made.
Controllers earn between 72,000 and 130,000 euros ($104,000 and 187,000) per year, according to employers.
Airlines said they feared major delays Tuesday in the middle of the brisk August travel season.
© 2011 AFP