The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Pilots strike in Argentina, stranding thousands of passengers

  • Print

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Argentina's government stepped in to halt a brief pilot's strike that stranded thousands of passengers Tuesday in the country's capital.

More than 30 international and local flights by state-run Aerolineas Argentinas and Austral were cancelled or delayed, including routes to cities such as Miami, Caracas and Bogota.

The Labor Ministry then ordered the two sides to accept mediation, and union leaders said operations would soon be back to normal.

The secretary-general off the Association of Air Line Pilots, Pablo Biro, said the pilots were seeking a 35 per cent pay raise to keep up with inflation and elimination of some taxes.

Aerolineas Argentinas issued a statement calling the strike "untimely, disproportionate and unreasonable" because the pilots' contract extends through the end of September.

"In an act of enormous irresponsibility, this group of workers, privileged with high salaries and luxurious working conditions, not only gravely harm the passengers but also put at risk the sustained process of recovery of our flag carrier," it said, referring the company's efforts to climb out of financial difficulties.

The airline said pilots earn gross salaries of up to nearly $11,000 a month. The union, however, said co-pilots earn less than $2,400 a month.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Wasylycia-Leis says Bowman and Ouellette ran a good campaign

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Goslings enjoy Fridays warm weather to soak up some sun and gobble some grass on Heckla Ave in Winnipeg Friday afternoon- See Bryksa’s 30 DAY goose challenge - May 18, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • A squirrel enjoys the morning sunshine next to the duck pond in Assiniboine Park Wednesday– June 27, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Has the attack on Parliament hill shaken your faith in Canada's ability to protect its citizens from terrorist threats?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google