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Ariane Launch Rescheduled For Weekend

March 3, 1989

PARIS (AP) _ An Ariane rocket launch that was delayed this week by a labor dispute at its French Guiana launching site has been rescheduled for the weekend, Arianespace announced Friday.

Negotiations over pay increases sought by 230 Thomson CSF Co. technicians at the Kourou, French Guiana site were ″successfully completed″ and the rocket launch was set for Saturday between 7:29 p.m. EST and 9:31 p.m. EST, Arianespace said.

No details were provided on the terms of the settlement between Thomson management and technicians, who operate radar controls, computers and perform other vital tasks.

The launch was originally scheduled for Tuesday.

Employees went on strike Feb. 22, seeking higher pay and better insurance and social benefits.

The 29th Ariane rocket launch will carry into orbit a Japanese communication satellite and a European weather satellite.

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