On Tuesday, the union Skycontrol, presented a plan for a strike in July. Skycontrol represents some workers working for the air traffic control company Skyguide, which operates at airports in Geneva, Sion, Bern, and Lugano.
The strike would run from Monday 23 July until Friday 27 July 2018.
A tweet from Skycontrol sets out the dates and times of the planned strike.
🚨Après le NON des membres du comité Skycontrol sur la proposition de Skyguide concernant la convention collective de travail (CCT), les contrôleurs aériens de skyguide prendront des mesures de GREVE le lundi 23 juillet. 🚨#greve #aeroport #Geneve #Suisse #Traffic #sky pic.twitter.com/ukNJjs9Tbt
— skycontrol (@skycontrolgva) July 10, 2018
The planned strike is over a collective labour agreement. According to the newspaper Le Temps, workers are demanding 125 days of annual leave and annual pay increases of 1.8% over three years, or extra days leave equivalent to these pay rises.
Skycontrol expects the strike to affect 50 flights a day, with either delays or cancelations. Flights flying through Swiss airspace will be affected too.
Zurich airport should be unaffected.
Speaking to RTS, André Schneider, Geneva airport’s director, said: “we regret that a minority of controllers want to take passengers hostage. They don’t represent the majority of their colleagues who voted for an agreement that appears to meet their expectations.”