Published On: Mon, Oct 9th, 2017

Avianca won the ‘fight’: pilot strike is illegal

AviancaBOGOTA - The Superior Court in Colombia ruled last week Friday that the pilot strike is illegal. The Court considered that the airline provides an essential service and therefore its pilots cannot go on strike.

The ruling was awaited by the airline and its pilots who were represented by the Association of Aviators of Colombia (Acdac).

Even in recent days, Avianca's majority shareholder, Germán Efromovich, said that if the strike were declared illegal, there would be layoffs in the company.

Arguing that air transport is an essential public service, Judge Eduardo Carvajalino, who announced the ruling, indicated:

“Although the free development of the trade union association is respected in the country, its actions cannot go against the interests of the community at large, which is why the rights that depend on the essential public services must be protected.”

In addition, the Court stated that the pilots could have gone to other instances or use other tools prior to the cessation of activities, but this was not the case and ended up affecting the Colombian population in general.

“This Court stresses that the right to strike is fundamental to the political exercise of a country, it should be noted that Acdac met the requirements of law at its meeting on September 15,” said the magistrate.

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