Turkish Parliament Bans Airline Strikes, Anatolia News Reports

Turkey’s parliament approved a measure banning airline workers from going on strike, Anatolia news agency reported.

The measure was passed as part of a package of laws being debated today at the National Assembly in Ankara, the state-run news service said.

Employees at Turk Hava Yollari (THYAO) AO, or Turkish Airlines, initiated a go-slow action yesterday to protest the measure, causing the cancellation of more than 100 flights, Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim said yesterday. Another 68 flights were canceled today, Anatolia reported.

The airline workers’ union Hava-Is is continuing talks on pay for 2011 and 2012 and the union was considering broader industrial action, the union said in a statement on its website yesterday.

Turkish Airlines shares fell 1.6 percent to 2.52 liras at the close in Istanbul.

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