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Air traffic control protest to disrupt flights on Monday

20:52 24/03/2019

Delays and cancellations are likely for some Belgian flights on Monday due to ongoing industrial action by air traffic controllers.

A trade union representing workers at air traffic control operator Skeyes - formerly known as Belgocontrol - has announced a work-to-rule in protest at short-staffing.

"There is a lack of staff everywhere," said Kurt Callaerts from the CSC Transcom union. "Normally everyone has the right to take two days off a week and 11 hours off between two shifts. But controllers sometimes work up to 12 days in a row. It's unacceptable and it's not good for safety."

He added: "We will decrease air traffic, we will delay flights but we will not carry out a total strike."

Anyone flying on Monday should check with their airline before travelling. Skeyes chief executive Johan Decuyper condemned the industrial action, which he said would have a "heavy impact on Belgian airspace".

Written by The Bulletin



Fire Them ! Replace them with people who need work.

Mar 25, 2019 11:06
Frank Lee

Paradox, you haven't read the article. The protest is about being understaffed. If they also fire the current workers, then NOBODY will be able to do the job, and the situation will be even worse. But I agree with you on hiring people who need work (provided they have the abilities and training).

Mar 25, 2019 18:18