German air traffic controllers vote for strike

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German air traffic controllers on Monday voted for strike action in support of pay demands, but negotiations with employers were still underway, their trade union said.

Some 95.8 percent of the 5,000 air controllers belonging to the GdF union voted for all-out strike action, union president Michael Schaefer said.

But the union will not decide on a strike before Tuesday when it considers a last-minute offer by management made on the eve of the vote, Schaefer said.

The union is demanding a 6.5-percent pay increase for its members, along with better working conditions.

It has never engaged in an all-out strike.

© 2011 AFP

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