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Air traffic controllers strike: companies must cancel 70% of flights in Paris-Orly on Saturday

A strike by air traffic controllers planned for this weekend is forcing companies to cancel 70% of Paris-Orly flights this Saturday, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) said on Friday.

“Air operators must reduce the commercial flight schedule for the day of 25 May 2024 from 4 hours to 21:30 GMT by 70% (…) at Paris-Orly airport,” the “notice on air missions” (NOTAM) states. ), published by DGAC.

One of the main air traffic controllers’ unions on Thursday called on its members to go on strike on Saturday and Sunday at Paris-Orly airport, demanding what it said was “adequate staffing” not guaranteed under the recent agreement. “Our managers, in favor of Orly, persist in stinginess and pharmaceutical calculations, which will quickly lead to staff shortages in teams,” Unsa-Ikna, the second representative of the air traffic controllers union, said in a leaflet.

Notice of strike from 23 to 30 May

“A sufficient level of staffing is necessary to ensure working conditions adapted to the safety tasks performed” for air navigation control engineers, the trade union organization assured. She regretted that the last-minute agreement signed at the end of April between the DGAC and the main controllers’ union SNCTA (60% of the vote in the last professional elections) did not solve the problem of “understaffing” that would emerge in Orly, in her words , by 2027.

This agreement on support measures, in particular wages, for the planned overhaul of the air traffic control system in France, was rejected by Unsa-Ikna (17% in the last elections) and the third representative trade union Usac-CGT (16%), which retained the notice about the strike on April 25. The move led to the cancellation of several thousand flights in France and Europe.

In parallel with the mobilization of Unsa-Ikna in Orly, Usac-CGT filed a notice of strike from 23 to 30 May, in particular protesting against the weakening of the “territorial network” planned, according to the union, by air control reform.

Source: Le Parisien

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