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Skeies air traffic controller unions submit strike notice | Belgium

Editorial 09-19-23, 22:13 Last update: 09-19-23, 23:08 Source: Belga, HLN

The three unions representing workers at Skeeyes, the airspace manager, have issued a strike notice over the workforce planning mechanism. The notice period is extended until October 5. “If no solution is found by then, actions and attacks could take place throughout Belgian airspace and in certain areas,” ACV Transcom said in a press release on Tuesday afternoon.

According to ACV Transcom, the other two unions reached an agreement with Skeies management in 2019 to establish a new planning mechanism, with a one-year trial period. Due to the Covid crisis, the trial period lasted longer than expected but finally expired earlier this year. “But Skeeyes continues to apply this scheduling system, without even taking into account the old rules, such as publishing schedules at least a month before they start. A completely illegal practice,” criticizes Kurt Callaerts, head of the Flemish Christian union.

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Skeies management apparently agreed to accommodations and a working group was created, but, according to ACV Transcom, in recent months it has become clear that the company’s management is “taking advantage” of this group work and “continuing to save time.”

The Christian union also criticizes Skees management for objecting, due to lack of personnel, to the short-time system in favor of air traffic controllers who have worked a certain number of nights. A memo sent last Friday was the final straw for the union.

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