Venezuelan airline pilots kept their planes grounded on Sunday (19 September), despite government threats to sack them all if they continue their strike.
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Background: Venezuelan airline pilots kept their planes grounded on Sunday (19 September), despite government threats to sack them all if they continue their strike.
SYNOPSIS: The strike action began last Monday (13 september), when pilots of the domestic Aeropostal and Avensa airlines walked out, demanding improved safety conditions. The government, however, maintains that the pilots went on strike because of the sacking of two Aeropostal crew members who argued during a flight.
On Friday (17 September) one Venezuelan government dismissed 230 pilots and ordered the leaders of the National pilots Association to be put in jail. This move was followed on saturday by a walk-out in support of their colleagues by pilots employed with Venezuela's international airline, Viasa.
The government responded by issuing an ultimatum, saying that unless the pilots returned to work the following day they would lose their jobs. The government has also alleged that the strike is illegal and is doing considerable harm to the country's economy.
The managements of Aeropostal, which is state owned, and Avensa - a mixed state-private company - have said that they are considering hiring foreign pilots.