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Another Strike Threat at Garuda

Carrier Says Service Will be Unaffected if Technicians Walk Off the Job.

(5/26/2003) 641 technicians from 25 airports across Indonesia and 5 overseas stations working for Garuda Indonesia Airways have promised to stop work May 27-29, 2003, in opposition to plans to transfer their employment to a company subsidiary - P.T. Garuda Maintenance Facility Aero Asia (GMFAA). Maintenance technicians are reportedly concerned that rights and benefits earned by employment periods of as long as 30 years with the national carrier may be eroded by the move, while the airline counters by claiming the move is part of necessary streamlining and will allow the subsidiary to expand its business in the fields of contracted maintenance of aircraft operated by competing carriers.

Meanwhile, Garuda Indonesia claims that the threatened 2 day industrial action will not affect service by the airline, with a sufficient number of non-union technicians on the payroll to keep their 55 airplanes flying.

Another threatened strike earlier this year by Garuda's flight deck crews was narrowly averted via 11th hour negotiations between the pilots and the airline's management.