Pilots reach compromise in labour dispute

A dispute between Swiss International Air Lines and a pilots union appears to have been resolved following agreement in principle over a new collective bargaining deal.

This content was published on July 3, 2011 - 11:05 and agencies

Both sides are close to a compromise on different issues, according to a spokeswoman at Swiss.

The pilots union Aeropers said the result of protracted negotiations was “a milestone” paving the way for the recruitment of more pilots.

The details of the new accord are still to be settled and are subject to a approval by the pilots.

The union threatened to stage protests to push for an accord. But senior Aeropers officials on Saturday called off a news conference scheduled for next week.

Negotiations over improved working conditions, pay and holidays for the about 950 Airbus pilots began a year ago but ran into serious difficulties by March.

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