The Walloon government has Pegasus, a consulting firm in the aviation sector, the command is given to investigate how air traffic controller skeyes can work around. Also in Flanders, to respond vigorously to the wildcat strike this morning: ‘May the absent prime minister, Charles Michel finally intervene in this mess?’
‘Wallonia is closer to the scenario of a ‘byebye skeyes’.’ That says the Walloon minister in charge of Airports Jean-Luc Crucke (MR). He makes himself say ‘no illusions more about skeyes. The state-owned company has a monopoly on the air traffic control in Belgium. A few weeks ago, warned minister of Mobility, François Bellot (MR) skeyes in Le Soir all of that in the future he may not be supporters, more to the monopoly for skeyes to maintain.
His Flemish counterpart, Ben Weyts (N-VA) looks at the federal government for relief. ‘May the absent prime minister, Charles Michel finally intervene in this mess?’, he asks on Twitter. ‘Air traffic controllers have the right concerns, wrong means of action.’
The prime minister responding for the moment. Minister of Work, Kris Peeters (CD&V), and who calls the management and the trade unions to ‘as soon as possible together to sit down and make an agreement to come’. “The passengers and the companies shall not be the dupe of this social conflict,’ says Peeters.
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The minister says that the mediators are still available for further mediation, as in the past months. Employers ‘ organisation VBO endorses this call and asks for the dialogue to resume. “The action of this morning there was one too many,” says managing director Pieter Timmermans. He took to say in touch with Michel and Peeters. ‘There are limits to the right to strike.’
The board of directors of skeyes let know right away that there are no new negotiations. Last week Friday was within the joint committee agreement. Two of the three unions is essentially that, but it is still binding because one union (ACOD) agreed. ‘There is no question that the social agreement of last week is renegotiated’, sounds at the board. “There are meetings to have, as announced, certain details to fruition.’