Air traffic controller strike averted
(ADW) On Tuesday morning, the forty or so air traffic controllers who found themselves under threat of their licence withdrawals, finally succeeded after an emergency meeting between the trade union delegation and the Minister of Transport, Claude Wiseler.
Just as pilots do, air traffic controllers must declare the number of hours worked to continue to hold on to their licences. However, the Director of Civil Aviation, Claude Waltzing, sent by registered post to around forty Findel air traffic controllers, a demand to submit their hours worked for all of 2011, right up until 16 January 2012, otherwise their licences would not be renewed when they expired on Monday at midnight.
Air traffic controllers and unions responded on Monday that Luxembourg's Civil Aviation Authority, DAC was in possession of all the details claimed, and threatened to strike.
Minister Claude Wiseler defused the conflict on Tuesday morning, guaranteeing the controllers concerned, the extension of their licences.
"The Minister has described a meeting of hard work with the DAC director," said Hubert Hollerich from OGBL. "We said that the DAC has been possession of all documents requested for a week already."
For the union representative there is no doubt: "There is a power game between the Ministry of Transport and the Department of Civil Aviation, a real showdown with air traffic controllers as the hostages. The director of the DAC plays with people and endangers the reputation of the airport of Luxembourg. "
Minister Claude Wiseler now wants an investigation to understand how such a conflict could arise.