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Report: Air traffic controller strike may disrupt MIPCOM travel

Disgruntled air traffic controllers in Europe may go on strike on October 10, in a move that could cause major disruption to TV execs travelling back from the MIPCOM market in Cannes.
September 10, 2013

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Disgruntled air traffic controllers in Europe may go on strike on October 10, in a move that could cause major disruption to TV execs travelling back from the MIPCOM market in Cannes.

An umbrella group of air traffic controller unions has called for its 14,000 members to go on strike, according to European Voice and other European media outlets.

The controllers are protesting against the European Commission’s move to force member states to make good on their commitment to create a ‘Single European Sky.’

The proposed strike would be large in scale, and marks the first time in 10 years that the Air Traffic Controllers European Unions Coordination (ATCEUC), an umbrella organization of European unions, has called on all of its members across the 28 member states to strike.

It would also be the second strike of its kind in the ongoing row – a limited strike by some air traffic controllers previously took place on June 13. That strike mostly affected France, where 40% of the country’s flights were cancelled.

A spokesperson for MIPCOM organizer Reed Midem did not respond to requests for comment.

MIPCOM runs from October 7-10 in Cannes, France.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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