STRIKE: German, French action stepped down

Europe’s network manager Eurocontrol has confirmed that planned industrial action by controller unions has either been cancelled or stepped down.

Although the Brussels-based organisation gave no reason when it posted its network update, it was known that national carrier Lufthansa today went to court to attempt to stop a strike by German air traffic controllers next week.

Eurocontrol also said one of two French controller unions had cancelled its five-day strike plans between 27 -31, but that its membership would be participating in the action on the 30 January although times of action had yet to be defined.

Lufthansa said it had requested a court injunction against the one-hour walkout, Bild newspaper reported on Friday.

A spokeswoman for the airline said the airline had sought an order from a Munich court to stop German air traffic controllers joining the Europe-wide strike being organised by their umbrella organisation ATCEUC, branding the strike “political” and “illegal”.

Air traffic controllers are protesting against plans from the European Commission to cut costs which they say will reduce safety in the skies.

Delays and cancellations were expected on Wednesday across Germany, if the strike went ahead as planned from 8am to 9am.

Alongside Lufthansa, German air navigation service provider DFS said it was also seeking an injunction to stop the strike which was to be decided by a court in Frankfurt on Monday.

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