African air safety union defies ban with strike action

Some contributors of an African regional air safety union have begun a strike over working prerequisites and pay, the agency they work for said on Friday, in spite of court docket selections and authorities bans barring them from doing so.

The 18-member West Africa and Madagascar aviation safety agency  (ASECNA), which manages air site visitors control in an place protecting 16.1 million rectangular kilometres of airspace, stated on Thursday that some team of workers had threatened a 48-hour strike that should affect flights.

“In spite of the prohibition of the strike by way of all the courts, and in spite of the orders of requisition of the air traffic controllers … the Union of Air Traffic Controllers’ Unions (USYCAA) has launched a wildcat strike,” ASECNA said.

The corporation did now not say in its statement on Friday whether or not the strike would have an effect on services, however instructed customers to test Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) posts on airline websites.

The USYCAA union said in a statement that its participants would quit offering services to all however “sensitive” flights for an indefinite duration until their demands are satisfied.

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