Turkish Airlines ends pay dispute with aviation workers; averts strike

ANKARA, Turkey - National carrier Turkish Airlines reached a pay deal with an aviation workers union on Monday, averting a possible strike at the height of the tourism season, Labor Minister Murat Basesgioglu said.

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Published: Mon 27 Aug 2007, 5:03 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 9:30 PM

Thousands of crew, ground staff and technical workers across Turkey had voted in favor of a strike earlier this month, following the collapse of monthslong pay negotiations between Turkish Airlines and the aviation workers’ union, Hava-Is.

Seeking to avert a strike, the government acted as an intermediate between the union and the company.

The sides reached a solution that was reasonable, responsible, that protected both the workers and the future performance of the company,’ Basesgioglu said.

Under the agreement, Turkish Airlines workers would receive a 10-percent increase this year, and a further 3 percent over the inflation figure in the first half of 2008, and 4 percent on top of the inflation figure in the second half, Basesgioglu said.

A strike could have disrupted air travel in the tourism season, further hampering a sector that was hurt by a series of bombings at vacation resorts last year by separatist Kurdish rebels. Business groups also expressed concern over a possible strike, warning the economy could suffer.



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