UPDATE 1-Avianca pilots in Colombia agree to lift strike

From Reuters - November 10, 2017

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BOGOTA, Nov 10 (Reuters) - The majority of Colombian flagship airline Aviancas local pilots have voted to end a seven-week strike and return to work, their union said on Friday, despite no resolution in their dispute over wages and benefits.

Pilots from the Colombian Association of Civil Aviators, or ACDAC, began a walkout on Sept. 20, demanding increased salary and benefits they said would have put them on par with the airlines pilots in other countries.

After weeks of stalemate between the union and Avianca Holdings management, the union met for much of Thursday to discuss and vote on an initiative put forward by Colombias ombudsman, Carlos Alfonso Negret, to lift the strike.

They agreed late on Thursday to return to work in 72 hours, according to ACDAC.

ACDAC and the unionized civilian aviators, as a result of the intervention by the ombudsman, have decided to suspend the strike, resume air operations 72 hours after signing this document and thus normalize their work activities, said the agreement, signed by the union.

More than 700 of the companys 1,300 Colombian pilots voted to strike in September, forcing Avianca to ground hundreds of flights, and causing headaches for thousands of passengers who were forced onto later flights or different airlines.


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