— Published 13 September 2023

An Olympic truce in the sky

Good news for the Paris 2024 OCOG: AFP reports that there will be no strikes by French air traffic controllers between now and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. An “Olympic truce” until September 2024 has been agreed by two of the air traffic controllers’ unions – SNCTA and UNSA-ICNA – and the French civil aviation authority (DGAC). The agreement provides for “an increase in compensation“, followed by the resumption of pay talks after the end of the Paralympic Games. The two unions have also agreed to lift a strike notice for Friday 15 September, at the height of the Rugby World Cup in France. According to Clément Beaune, the Minister Delegate for Transport, the commitment made by the two unions should make it possible to avoid any large-scale industrial action during the current major sporting events and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. But it does not completely rule out the threat of a work stoppage by some of the staff. The third-largest union, USAC-CGT, which was very active last spring in the protests against pension reform, has not committed itself to an Olympic truce. It has even announced that it is calling a strike by DGAC staff on 13 October, as part of a national inter-union day of action “against austerity, for higher wages and pensions and to combat inequality“.