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French air traffic controllers set for strike

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French air traffic controllers set for strike
One union cancels a strike, another says it will go ahead. Photo: AFP
14:21 CEST+02:00
There's both good news and bad news for travellers in France after plans by an air traffic controllers union to hold a strike on Tuesday and Wednesday were scrapped, only for another union to insist a walkout later in the week will go ahead.
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It could be another turbulent week for air passengers travelling to and from France and beyond.
 
Just as trade unions called off plans to strike on Tuesday and Wednesday, much to the relief of passengers, another union representing air traffic controllers is maintaining plans to strike on Thursday July 2nd and Friday July 3rd.
 
The unions UNSA and CGT called off their threat to strike on Tuesday and Wednesday after a meeting with France's secretary of state for transport.
 
"After several hours of negotiation, we can confirm that UNSA-ICNA has lifted its call to strike for the 30th of June and 1st of July," said the union.
 
Nevertheless the union SNCTA along with Force Ouvrière, which represent just over 50 percent of  air traffic controllers, have however confirmed their intention to strike. 
 
Cancellations and delays are expected. The last time the SNCTA union held a strike in April it resulted in about 40 percent of flights in France being scrapped.
 
The industrial action is motivated by a desire to improve salaries and working conditions and unions complain about a rise in air traffic but a drop in the number of controllers.
 
Negotiations are ongoing between authorities and unions so the strike plans may yet still change.
 
We'll have more updates on the planned industrial action throughout the week.
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