Europe-wide air traffic strike could cause flight chaos next week


An air traffic controller watches the apron of Bremen Airport through binoculars at the control tower of Bremen Airport in Bremen, Germany, 07 January 2014. An unidentified flying object over Bremen Airport disrupted air traffic in the evening of 06 January 2014. The police has started an investigation because of this threat to air traffic. Photo: INGO WAGNER/dpa

An air traffic strike next Wednesday could cause major flight disruptions in 28 European countries.

The Air Traffic Controllers European Unions Co-ordination (ATCEUC), which represents 14,000 flight controllers, is planning a strike over safety and savings targets by the European Commission.

According to Travel Mole, Germany's air traffic controllers are planning a strike for one hour on 29 January and could not do more without the risk of legal action being taken against them.

The Daily Mail reports that in a statement last week, ATCEUC President Volker Dick said: "Last October, ATCEUC was given assurances that the European Commission was finally willing to discuss our views on the performance scheme, regarding the lack of real safety targets and the unrealistic cost efficiency targets.

"Having this in mind, all 28 unions members of ATCEUC decided unanimously to postpone the Action Day scheduled for the 10 October.

"But just one day after our meeting with the Commission, and our previous rejection of the proposal, already including over-ambitious targets, we came across an EC proposal even more unrealistic, clearly showing that the former declaration of good faith, in solving the things out through an open dialogue, was a big fraud."

15 flights from hell

15 flights from hell

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