Brazilian government intervenes to prevent strike

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After the Brazilian association of aviation employees decided on 13 December to go on strike for several days over the Christmas holiday season, the Secretariat of Civil Aviation has enforced an express arbitration.

Airlines had initially offered a 1% salary increase for 2013, while the unions asked for an average increase of 8.5%. Aviation minister Wagner Bittencourt eventually intervened, fixing a 6% increase that was accepted by employees and airlines.

A source at the Secretariat of Civil Aviation says that this "fast intervention" has avoided damage to both the Brazilian aviation industry and consumers, as it eases uncertainty for travellers that might otherwise have led to cancelled holiday trips.