Crew of Mozambique national airline go on strike

Updated at: 11/18/2012 6:35 AM
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(AP) MAPUTO, Mozambique - Pilots and crew members at Mozambique’s national airline have gone on strike, grounding the carrier.

Linhas Aerrreas de Mocambique Ltd. flights out of Mozambique’s capital Maputo had been stopped Sunday by the strike. Workers told journalists that they wanted higher wages and better working conditions.

Joao de Abreu, an official with the state-owned airline, said that negotiations were ongoing to end the strike. He said international flights to Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe had been cancelled over the strike.

The European Commission banned Mozambican airlines last year from flying from Europe, citing a lack of technicians to implement safety rules.

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