French air controllers call off strike

15th February 2008, Comments 0 comments

Four-day strike that has badly disrupted international flights out of Paris

   PARIS, February 15, 2008  - French air traffic controllers agreed on
Thursday to call off a four-day strike that has badly disrupted international
flights out of Paris, a union leader said.
   Controllers voted overwhelmingly in favour of an accord, signed between the
CGT union, the government and the DGAC civil aviation authority, settling the
dispute over plans to centralise air traffic control for the Paris region at a
single base.
   "Strike warnings will be lifted very quickly, and traffic will resume
progressively," said the head of the CGT aviation branch, Norbert Bolis.
   "Traffic will still be disrupted today, but we expect it to get back to
normal from this evening, and tomorrow at the latest."
   Half of all flights out of Paris-Orly were cancelled and many more delayed
on Thursday by the protest, although full traffic had resumed at the larger
Charles de Gaulle airport.
   According to Transport Minister Dominique Bussereau, the accord includes
guarantees that controllers will be able to choose their work site, and
promises compensation for relocated staff.
   The minister had voiced hope that the conflict would be over by Friday, the
start of France's mid-term holiday period.


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