Air Traffic Controllers in France to Strike on September 15

Air Traffic Controllers in France to Strike on September 15
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SNCTA, the union for Air Traffic Controllers in France, are set to go on strike on September 15, a couple days after the Rugby World Cup begins.

The union gave its reasonings for this, as the deadlock with regulators over compensation continues.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

Air Traffic Control Strike in France: What is SNCTA Looking For?


Air Traffic Controllers in France to Strike on September 15
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It is understood that the strike will begin from the start of the morning service to the end of the night service the next morning on September 15 in France.

SNCTA, the air traffic control union, has also invited members of the ICNA and TSEEAC unions to engage in the strike too.

They are asking for compensation to be re-evaluated due to the high levels of inflation in the country needing to meet the pay requirements.

Earlier this month, SNCTA released a report that stated that for the first time since 2019, daily air traffic in France has repeatedly exceeded the mark of 11,000 controlled flights this Summer.

Within the pay increases reflecting this, SNCTA controllers in France want this to be matched year-on-year as well.

The union has given regulators until the end of August to make a decision on compensation, and if nothing is heard or solved, then a strike will go ahead as planned on September 15.

If the strike goes ahead, then this will provide disruption to flights across France and Europe, as there won’t be enough controllers to manage a full stream of traffic.

With the Rugby World Cup on the horizon also, this will no doubt cause some frustration amongst fans traveling to the country for the tournament.

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