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Peruvian air controllers on strike for hiring of Panamanians and Colombians


22/12/2011 - LIMA, Peru.– The Union of Air Traffic Controllers of Peru (SUCTA) began this Thursday a 72 hours strike, and also criticized the government for replacing their job positions with foreigners; an unprecedented measure for this country, and for declaring the sector in state of emergency for 60 days.

“How is it possible that the Peruvian government has taken the service of our Ecuadorian colleagues for the control of the operations of the Peruvian skies? This is serious, these are critical and restricted areas”, said SUCTA secretary general, Alberto Pimentel.

Pimentel confirmed that foreign experts have substituted them on their labors, although he only mentioned Ecuadorians.

According to elcomercio.pe, a local news website, there are around 15 foreign air controllers including also professionals from Colombia and Panama.  

A decree from the Ministry of Transport and Communication stated that they are looking to guarantee the normal operation of the air services, and ordered to Corporación Peruana de Aeropuertos y Aviación Comercial, a government company, and the Civil Aviation General Directorate (Corpac) to adopt “necessary measures” to fulfill such measure.

This regulation establishes the hiring and authorization of foreign air controllers in order to operate in the country substituting national operators on strike. On similar occasions, these labors were carried out by the Armed Forces.

The 169 members of SUCTA began their halt at 7:00 a.m. local time with the complaint that Corpac “has not complied with the signed commitments” over their lasts meetings.

(With information from EFE) 

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