Grounded, Frustrated and Angry

A three-month strike by Australian pilots paralyzes a continent

Rarely since the Viet Nam War had an issue provoked Australians to stage such a large and angry public protest. Late last month 8,000 citizens linked arms to form an eight-mile chain along a Queensland beach to demonstrate against a three-month-old pilots' strike that has all but crippled the * country. Said Gabrielle Gibbs, a homemaker who organized the protest: "This incredible waste of human, financial and emotional resources must be stopped!"

Australia's 1,640 domestic airline pilots walked off the job to protest a 6% government ceiling on wage increases that was imposed on most of the country's workers as an...

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