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Strike by Avianca's Colombian pilots illegal

Staff Writer |
A Colombian tribunal declared illegal a strike by the majority of Avianca Holdings's local pilots, a decision that may hasten the end of nearly three weeks of travel headaches for thousands of passengers.

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Pilots from the Colombian Association of Civil Aviators, or ACDAC, began the walkout on September 20 and are demanding salary and benefits changes they say will put them on par with the airline's pilots in other countries.

More than 700 of the company's 1,300 Colombian pilots voted to strike.

The airline has been forced to cancel more than half of its flights on its domestic and international routes, affecting more than 300,000 passengers.

The Superior Tribunal of Bogota ruled that the strike is illegal because it interferes with essential public transport.

The decision opens the door for pilots to be fired for taking part in the strike, which may push the union to call it off.


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