Brazil airline workers call off strike, accept deal

Agreement includes wage hike of 5.6 per cent
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 12/20/2013

BRASILIA (Reuters) — Brazil's airline pilots, copilots and flight attendants called off a strike planned for Friday after reaching a deal with employers over wages and working conditions, the union representing plane crews said on Thursday.

The workers agreed to a wage hike of 5.6 per cent and several other benefits like a salary floor for copilots and better layover conditions for crew members returning from maternity leave, the union said in a statement.

The strike would have meant chaos at already strained airports in major Brazilian cities just ahead of the Christmas holiday, which is the busiest traveling season in the country.

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