(AFX UK Focus) 2009-01-29 20:32 PRESS DIGEST-Australian General News – Jan 30 (Interactive Investor)Compiled for Reuters by Media Monitors. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. THE AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW (www.afr.com)

Pay dispute: Air traffic strike threatens nation’s airports (News.com.au Travel)A PARALYSING strike grounding aircraft across the country is now more likely following the collapse of negotiations between air traffic controllers and their government employer.

Out of control: The air traffic staffing crisis (Crikey)Months after airliners began to lose a reliable air traffic control system in Australia, the air safety regulator has done nothing to enforce rules about staffing levels, writes Ben Sandilands .

Strike vote risk to air travel (The Australian)AIR traffic controllers are taking the next step towards potentially crippling industrial action after talks this week failed to resolve a key issue in pay negotiations with their employer, Airservices Australia.

The union representing Australia’s air traffic controllers is recommending its members take industrial action because of failed wage negations.Air traffic controllers flag industrial action (ABC via Yahoo!7 News)

Flights: Havoc looms for holidaymakers (News.com.au Travel)THOUSANDS of people returning to work at the end of the school holidays will face air travel chaos if a flight dispute is not solved.

FLIGHTS on Australia’s busiest domestic airline route, between Sydney and Melbourne, are among the least reliable.Flying to and from Melbourne a lesson in patience (Parkes Champion-Post)

Air traffic controllers consider strike (AAP via Yahoo!7 News)Air travel could be disrupted if a dispute between air traffic controllers and the authority that employees them is not resolved in the next few weeks.

The union representing Australia’s air traffic controllers is recommending its members take industrial action because of failed wage negations.Air traffic controllers flag industrial action (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)