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The European air traffic controllers’ trade union (the ATCEUC) has called for strike action on 29 January and the European Transport Workers Union (ETF) is planning a day of action on 30 January – both could affect 28 countries.
On top of that, French air traffic controllers have called a five-day strike, from 27 to 31 January, to coincide with the Europe-wide industrial action.
The air traffic controller’s trade union (ATCEUC) had planned to take action last October but called it off when they were promised talks with the European Commission. The promise of those talks, say the union were “a big fraud” and so they have called their members to strike next week.
The French air traffic controllers’ union (the le Syndicat National des Contrôleurs du Trafic Aérien or SNCTA) met the French Transport Ministry on Tuesday but said the talks were “fruitless”, and that led to their decision to call members of the union to strike.
The strike action is in protest against the European Commission’s proposed new centralised initiatives to control European airspace, called the Single European Sky (SES2+). The unions feel that SES2+ compromises their members’ security and safety. The European Commission says SES2+ will improve efficiency, cut costs and reduce emissions.