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Air-traffic controllers may strike in November

Russian air-traffic controllers are threatening to strike again in mid-November unless the government raises their salaries. The threat follows a series of retaliatory steps by the Russian government after the union's Aug. 15 strike, which shut down 40 of the nation's airports. The actions -- including a raid of the union's offices earlier this month -- came despite an alleged promise by Vice President Alexander Rutskoi not to prosecute strikers or retaliate in any way, said Vladimir Konusenko, president of the Federation of Russian Air-Traffic Controller's Trade Unions. But since then, the government has launched prosecutions against some 3, 500 strikers for ""sabotaging the airways"", Konusenko said. If convicted, the strikers face up to four years in prison, he added. On September 16, the Interior Ministry raided the union's headquarters, seizing labor agreements and other documents, Konusenko said.
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