12 Jun 2017

EU Proposals to Curb Disruption Caused by Air Traffic Control Strikes

Air Traffic Control Tower

In a new communication, “Aviation: an Open and Connected Europe”, the EU lay out plans to mitigate the disruption caused by Air Traffic Controller strikes. The proposals have been welcomely received by Airlines For Europe (A4E), an industry body representing European airlines.

The proposals plan to preserve continuity of service for flights over affected airspace, and also set out guidelines on notification and planning of strike action. Unions must give 21 days’ notice of planned strike action, and individuals must give their employers at least three days’ notice of planned participation in strikes. This will allow airlines more leeway to take measures to avoid disruption, which costs the travel and tourism industries millions of pounds a year and causes untold misery to air travellers.

The move is well received, as it seeks to find a working balance between employees’ right to strike on the one hand, and passengers’ right to travel on the other.

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