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A strike of air site visitors controllers on Friday grounded flights out and in of airports in a number of West and Central African international locations

The Union of Air Site visitors Controllers’ Unions of Asecna (USYCAA) launched the strike Friday morning at 0800 GMT to demand higher working situations

The strike by the employees of the Company for Aerial Navigation Security in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA), which regulates air site visitors management throughout 18 African international locations, was anticipated to final for 48 hours. 

Flights out and in of Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Cameroon, amongst different international locations, have been affected.  

‘Minimal service’ supplied

The USYCAA mentioned its members would stop offering providers to all however “delicate” flights till their calls for are met.

A USYCAA official in Burkina Faso instructed the AFP information company that “the minimal service” was being offered for navy and humanitarian flights. 

Some African airways have been scheduled to depart and arrive on the affected airports, in keeping with monitoring web sites. Nonetheless, a number of Air France and Turkish Airways flights have been canceled.

Some passengers have been reportedly stranded in Lome, Togo. 

Banned strike 

Courtroom rulings and authorities bans throughout the affected international locations had been anticipated to bar the strike.

In accordance with a pacesetter of hanging Senegalese air site visitors controllers, authorities arrested some union members in Cameroon, Congo and the Comoros. 

ASCENA described the motion as a “wildcat strike” that went forward regardless of courtroom prohibition.  

“We have now already exhausted each administrative and institutional cures within the administration of this disaster, however now we have in entrance of us commerce unionists who’re cussed to do no matter they need,” ASECNA’s head of human assets, Ceubah Guelpina, instructed a press convention.

fb/aw (AFP, Reuters)