Wildcat strike cancels flights from Orly airport

7th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 7, 2006 (AFP) - Flights to and from Paris's Orly airport were severely disrupted Tuesday when air-traffic controllers staged wildcat strikes to protest a government youth employment plan.

PARIS, Feb 7, 2006 (AFP) - Flights to and from Paris's Orly airport were severely disrupted Tuesday when air-traffic controllers staged wildcat strikes to protest a government youth employment plan.

The facility, which handles mostly French domestic and European flights, was entirely shut down for much of the day, the Aeroports de Paris management company said.

The air-traffic controllers went on strike between 5-9am and then again from noon to at least 2pm, leaving aircraft grounded and passengers stranded, the DGAC civil aviation authority said.

The unannounced action was in support of a nationwide day of protests against a new government-backed youth jobs contract which unions fear will undermine security of employment.

Union representatives said the air-traffic controllers were also protesting an impasse in negotiations with the DGAC over the implementation of a compulsory minimum service at the airport during strikes.

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Subject: French news

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