Garuda pilots to strike over pay

Indonesian pilots working for the national airline were planning to strike Thursday over complaints that they receive less pay than their foreign colleagues in the company, officials said.
PT Garuda Indonesia officials said the strike announced late Wednesday would not affect its operations, because many pilots would still work.
‘I’m sure there won’t be cancellations,’ the company’s operations director Ari Sapari said. ‘Our colleagues are professional.’
The company employs 867 pilots, including 43 foreigners, and operates 364 flights daily, Sapari said.
Garuda Pilot Association chairman Stephanus Geraldus said the decision to strike was made because negotiations had failed.
‘This is a last resort,’ Geraldus was quoted as saying by the Detik.com news website.
Local pilots have complained their foreign colleagues with similar experience are paid nearly twice as much.
Garuda said local pilots were paid less because they received other benefits not enjoyed by foreign officers, including an annual holiday bonus.

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