Chile threatened by airport strike ahead of holidays

chileairport.jpgChile threatened by airport strike ahead of holidays 

Workers tied to Chile's civil aviation authority announced a 48-hour strike for Thursday and Friday this week, potentially causing airport chaos just as the country gears up for the Christmas holidays.

In September, a 24-hour strike stranded thousands of passengers and led to long lines at airports, after a majority of workers affiliated with the DGAC, or civil aviation authority, went on strike to demand improved benefits and working conditions.

After two months of negotiations, DGAC workers, which includes air traffic controllers, said on Monday that they had rejected the government's proposal for a state subsidy to improve their pensions.

"The workers agreed to go on strike for 48 hours on Thursday and Friday," union head Jose Perez told Reuters.

"Unless there is an improvement in the government offer very soon, the stoppage will go ahead," he said.

UPDATE: Chile's airports to resume normal operations as strike ends

Chile's Defence Minister said the government and workers tied to the civil aviation authority reached an agreement Sunday, ending a four-day strike that forced airlines to cancel hundreds of flights and left thousands of passengers stranded.

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