Air traffic controllers strike on November 20 to protest against “a minimum adapted service”

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Several unions representing the French air traffic controllers -the UNSA-ICNA, the USAC-CGT and the CFDT- filed a strike notice on Monday November 20, 2023.

These unions intend to protest against the adoption today by Parliament of the law aimed at forcing air traffic controllers to declare themselves individually on strike or not 48 hours before a social movement. On the other hand, the national union of air traffic controllers (SNCTA), the majority union in the sector, expressed itself in favor of the text, warning of a “exploitation of the right to strike and its unreasonable use” in certain circumstances.

This text aims to enable “a minimum adapted service“, that is to say the obligation imposed on public service employees, to ensure a minimum service in all circumstances, supported the rapporteur of the bill and Renaissance deputy Damien Adam to theAFP. This text “protective and balanced” makes it possible to put an end to “an asymmetrical system” at the origin of a “disorganization of the public service”, supported the Minister of Transport Clément Beaune from the hemicycle.

The senatorial bill, adopted in June by the upper house and brought to the Assembly by deputy Damien Adam, was adopted with 85 votes to 30. The left opposed it, considering the text as “a threat to the right to strike“, according to environmentalist MP Lisa Belluco.

From Sunday November 19 in the evening to Tuesday November 21 at 6 a.m., air traffic will be disrupted on departure and arrival from Paris-Orly, Toulouse-Blagnac, Bordeaux-Mérignac and Marqeille-Provence airports. Cancellations and delays are expected“, warned on X (ex-twitter) the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC).

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