French air traffic controllers will stage a strike for higher wages on September 16
Air traffic in France will be severely disrupted this Friday due to a strike on wages, warned the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC). French air traffic controllers are taking action to demand higher salaries due to soaring inflation.
The national strike will last from 6 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, the DGAC announced on Tuesday.
Besides calling for higher salaries, air traffic controllers will also use the strike to force authorities to open up aviation jobs, especially in air traffic control, Xinhua news agency reported.
“From 2029 to 2035, a third of the body will retire, it is imperative to anticipate and plan recruitment,” said the National Union of Air Traffic Controllers (SNCTA), adding that “not doing so will have inevitable consequences in terms of civil service, working conditions and mobility”.
The SNCTA and the DGAC called on the airlines to reduce their air services by 50% on Friday, both in mainland France and in the DOM-TOMs. Passengers are advised to postpone their trips.
Meanwhile, the SNCTA said on Tuesday that a second strike could be expected between September 28 and 30.
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