There was relief for travelers as German air traffic controllers cancelled a strike planned for Tuesday after a last-minute agreement was brokered.
Air traffic controllers are unhappy with their pay offer
German air traffic controllers have called off a strike planned for Tuesday, after employers agreed to settle a dispute with unions through a process of arbitration.
The German agency responsible for air traffic, DFS, initiated an arbitration process with the union over employees' demands for wage hikes.
The surprise move by DFS followed a court judgment Monday that ruled the strike, which had been due to begin at 6 a.m. local time the following day, did not break the law.
The Trade Union of Air Traffic Controllers (GDF) was forced to cancel a strike last Wednesday after the action was banned by a labor court in Frankfurt.
Major delays had been anticipated on Tuesday, if the strike had gone ahead.
There was relief for travelers last week as a court ruled the strike illegal
"Nobody is saying they do not have a responsible job, but they are well-paid for it," Ramsauer added, citing 120,000 euros ($170,000) as a typical salary.
In past weeks the GDF has rejected renewed direct talks, having been unable to secure a better offer from DFS. Management has offered the union a settlement of 4.1 percent, which they declined.
The GDF, which represents more than 3,000 of Germany's 5,500 air traffic controllers, is demanding a 6.5 percent wage increase and wants pay to be linked to length of service.
Author: Sarah Harman, Richard Connor (AFP, dpa, dapd)
Editor: Nancy Isenson