Daily outrage: Irish air traffic controllers vow to ground planes in pay protest 

WHAT: Air traffic controllers warned that they will ground all flights into and out of Ireland’s three major airports for four or more hours today. Their union is pushing for pay raises and retention of their free pension plans. No less than 150 flights with some 19,000 passengers will be canceled or suffer heavy delays at the Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports.

WHY: The controllers were promised a 6 percent pay raise in 2007 negotiations. But now, Ireland is suffering an exceptional economic crisis and there has been a double-digit percent decline in passengers traveling through Irish airports.

WHAT’S BEING DONE: At least 15 of Ireland’s 300 controllers already were suspended without pay Tuesday for refusing to operate recently upgraded air traffic systems.

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