Juliana airport: air traffic controllers authorized by justice to strike under conditions


Following the strike action by Juliana airport control tower agents last month, which had caused the platform to be closed for two hours, the Sint Maarten court was seized by the management of the establishment, which ci asking that the agents return to work and cannot carry out other strikes. The hearing took place on January 21 and the court issued its decision a week later.

The latter considers that the union of air traffic controllers cannot be deprived of its right to take collective action. However, it specifies that the holding of these actions on a specific date must be notified to the airport management at least two weeks earlier in order to give the management time to organize the service accordingly, or even to seize the judge in summary proceedings and thus limit the impact on air traffic.

This decision rendered by the justice of Sint Maarten is valid until January 1, 2023. In the event of non-compliance, the union will be subject to a penalty of 100 dollars per day up to a limit of one million dollars.

It should be noted that the interim relief judge had ordered the striking agents to return to work immediately in view of the socio-economic consequences of the closure of air traffic.

As a reminder, one of the main points at the origin of the strike movement was the refusal by the management of the airport to increase the salaries of air traffic controllers by 3% from January 1, 2022.

In return, they ceased to claim the salary balances due for the period from 2018 to 2020. This proposal had been suggested on December 17 by the union of management agents, which had described it as "attractive" before rejecting it. January 10 for financial reasons. 21 people are hired at the control tower, 3 of whom are not affiliated with the union.

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