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Copa Air Workers May Strike Over Job Security, La Prensa Says

Dec. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Workers for Panama-based Copa Airlines may strike ahead of the Christmas holiday rush if talks to improve job security and working conditions break down, La Prensa reported, citing union leader Edgar Diaz.

About 1,400 workers will walk off the job on Dec. 23 if their demands are not met, the Panama City-based newspaper said today. The strike could affect Copa’s 150 daily flights in and out of Panama to 24 countries, according to La Prensa.

Copa spokeswoman Patricia Roquebert did not respond immediately to calls and e-mails from Bloomberg News seeking comment.

Copa, a unit of Copa Holdings SA, rose 29 cents, or 0.5 percent, to $56.44 at 10:12 a.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eric Sabo in Panama City at esabo1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Joshua Goodman at jgoodman19@bloomberg.net

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