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May 4, 2009 – 8:39AM

Industrial action by Australia’s air traffic controllers (ATC) has been averted after they voted overwhelmingly to accept newly negotiated pay and conditions.

The air traffic controllers’ association Civil Air says the new conditions will help slow down the exodus of controllers to Europe and the Middle East.

But Civil Air executive secretary Peter McGuane says passengers can expect continued delays and cancellations until the shortfall is remedied.

“This has solved the short-term threat of major disruption to Australian aviation but in the longer term passengers face an uncertain future until Australia has enough air traffic controllers,” Mr McGuane said.

In a national ballot, air traffic controllers voted 95 per cent to accept the offer of an average wage rise of 4.7 per cent annually over the next three-and-a-half years.

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/air-traffic-controllers-agree-to-deal-20090504-arr5.html

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