Germany -Mediation in air traffic control conflict -August 9, 2011

Shortly after midnight on Tuesday 9 August, a judge in Frankfurt rejected an appeal from the air traffic controllers' authority, the DFS, thus allowing a six-hour strike planned by air traffic controllers' union GDF for that morning from 4 to 10 AM. However, just after the final decision was announced, the DFS said it would enter mediation, thus invoking a no-strike clause for four weeks. In the weeks before the union had rejected renewed talks, after it declined a management offer for a 4.1% salary increase. GDF, claiming to represent more than 3,000 of 5,500 air traffic controllers, is demanding a 6.5% rise.

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