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LIMA, June 26 LATAM Airlines aviation
mechanics in Peru called off a two-day strike scheduled to start
on Thursday after late-night negotiations produced a possible
deal, a union leader and the company said on Thursday.
Union leader Freddy Nakashima said members will gather
Saturday to vote on a proposal made by LATAM's local unit, Lan
"Today work goes on as normal," Nakashima said.
LATAM Airlines, Latin America's largest airline, said it
expects a firm deal soon.
"The company and the leadership of the union...have reached
an agreement that should be signed this Monday," the company
said in an emailed statement.
But Nakashima said if the majority of union members reject
the company's offer, new dates for a strike would be set, though
no sooner than 10 days because workers would need to secure new
authorization from the labor ministry.
The union said it had voted to hold the strike this week to
coincide with high air traffic dates during the World Cup.
The sporting event ends on July 13.
The mechanics union, pushing for better wages, has said a
strike would disrupt all flights in Peru as well as others in
The company has said it is prepared to ensure operations
continue as usual in the event of a mechanics strike.
(Reporting By Mitra Taj; Editing by Sofina Mirza-Reid)