Published on : Friday, October 11, 2013
The European airspace users’ associations are united in condemning the strike by French air traffic controllers (ATCOs) planned for tomorrow, 10 October. While ATCOs from all over Europe had planned to strike in protest against the progress of the Single European Sky (SES) initiative, they called off their action last week. Trade unions have accepted that the European Commission (EC) is prepared to discuss certain aspects of the SES regulation and take on board their concerns and proposals.
Unfortunately, some French trade unions are choosing to ignore this fact and will continue with strike action tomorrow. Disruption to air traffic in France due to industrial action is not uncommon: as recently as 13 June French air traffic controllers stopped working, resulting in the cancellation of 40 per cent of flights in France.
The heads of the airspace users’ associations AEA, EBAA, ELFAA, ERA and IACA comment: “There can be no justification for European air travellers being grounded. The strike is unacceptable.
We welcome the decision made by the European trade unions to cancel the strike and enter into discussions with the European Commission. We urge the French air traffic controllers to stop this unnecessary action and engage in the negotiations. It is the responsibility of all stakeholders to work together in order to achieve the timely implementation of the Single European Sky.”