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Confusion over strike plan at LOT

After the biggest union at LOT announces a strike, a court puts a temporary ban on any strike action.

Poland’s flag carrier LOT says it now has a court injunction that blocks a strike scheduled for this week by unions that is in protest over pay.

The airline’s management argues that the planned strike is illegal, as only two out of six unions have called for it, the news agency AFP reports.

Of the carrier’s total 1,600 employees, around 900 took part in a vote on whether to stage a walkout starting on May 1, with more than 800 voting in favour.

The head of ZZPPiL, the biggest labour union at Poland’s national airline, announced last Thursday that a strike would start on International Workers Day and could be extended into the following days, leading in particular to delays and cancellations at Warsaw Chopin Airport.

“We will protest until the expectations of the employees are met,” Monika Zelazik pledged, as reported by the state news agency PAP.

She added that the strike decision comes after more than three years of negotiations with the airline over salaries.

Fly safely
However, the regional court in Warsaw has issued a provisional “ban on strike action pending a final ruling”, LOT spokesman Adrian Kubicki tells AFP.

Speaking after the court order, LOT CEO Rafal Milczarski assured passengers that “there is no danger of a strike starting May 1 and you can safely travel with LOT – there won’t be a strike”.

The court is now scheduled to look at the case on May 17. Unions did not immediately respond to the court order.

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