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Aerolineas Argentinas: America/Caribbean)(Aerolineas Argentinas S.A.'s pilots strike)(Brief article)

Argentina's dominant airline, controlling 80% of the domestic market, contended with serious labor strife for much of 2005 and the early part of 2006 before finally reaching a comprehensive labor pact in May. A surprise November strike by more than 160 pilots and flight technicians lasted several days and led to threats by management to fire the workers. The work stoppage stranded thousands of passengers and is estimated to have cost the carrier more than $3 million.

The strike occurred after pilots and flight engineers reportedly demanded a 45% pay increase but were offered just a 4% raise by Aerolineas. The damaging work action was resolved temporarily by management threats, but labor negotiations continued to be contentious as workers engaged in periodic unauthorized "wildcat" strikes that hurt the airline's ability to operate reliably. …

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