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Friday, March 10, 2006

24-hour strike at Aerolineas Argentinas

i'll tell ya who's happy - united, lan, alitalia, american, delta, continental, british, air france, tam, gol, iberia, copa and all the other airlines that compete for air traffic in and out of buenos aires and the country of argentina... passengers simply don't want to fly on an airline that might end up NOT flying at a moment's notice... (yeah, i SAY that and then yours truly flew alitalia, known for exactly the same thing, back and forth to europe just a month and a half ago...)
Pilots and mechanics at Argentina's flagship airline, Aerolineas Argentinas, began a 24 hour strike on Thursday to demand salary increases following failed salary negotiations.

"We had three meetings and we did not reach any agreement... For now, the strike is set for 24 hours," Jorge Perez Tamayo, a member of the pilots' union, told reporters.

Pilots and mechanics walked off the job at 12 noon local time (1500 GMT/10 a.m. EST), delaying flights and catching passengers off guard at the country's main airports.

i'm totally empathetic with the need for employees to have a way to gain leverage with employers in matters such as wages, benefits and working conditions... but, having worked for an airline, i also know that strikes and slowdowns are a lose-lose situation in the airline business...

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