Greek Civil Aviation Workers Go on 3-Day Strike



airport_canceled_552_355A three-day strike from early in the morning of August 9 until midnight on August 11 will be conducted, as decided by the Federation of Associations of Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (OSYPA), reacting to the government’s decision to fire 300 employees of the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (YPA).

In an announcement, OSYPA talks about an “illegal, unconstitutional and illogical decision by the government on layoffs, ignoring the problems and chaos that will be created at the airports and during the peak of the tourist season.”

OSYPA blames the government and the responsible institutions for “succumbing to the lenders’ commands and being indifferent to the national economy and its only blood donor, which is tourism.”

Traffic at major Greek airports is not expected to be disrupted because air traffic controllers are not participating.

OSYPA “ensures the constant and incessant function of distress frequencies, the security of the Authority’s facilities and equipment and the prevention of damages or accidents.”

Greek labor unions have been going on strike repeatedly since early 2010, when the country was plunged into a debt crisis and sought a bailout from the European Union and International Monetary Fund to avert bankruptcy, as reported in the Cyprus Mail.


7 COMMENTS

  1. “Greek labor unions have been going on strike repeatedly since early 2010”

    The irony is their constant strikes (encouraged by rhetoric by communist Syriza and KKE) is one of the things driving away investment in Greece. Few would invest in Greece when they see violent communist fanatics on a regular basis throwing firebombs at their own police and businesses.. while the party leading in poll is run by communists.

    Business is about making money through voluntary trade. Communism is about stealing someone else’s money at gunpoint. Its an oppressive ideology.

    Greeks need to wake up that just because Syriza don’t have hammer and sickel in their party flag does mean they are some moderate left party alternative. They are a party filled with communist extremists (including their leader Tspiras a life long communist whose ideal is euro-communism) Syriza are dangerous fanatics that admire mass murderers like Mao and Stalin and even the Greeks that massacred other Greeks for IMRO.

    ……………..
    Active Citizens (Ενεργοί Πολίτες): democratic socialism, patriotism

    Anticapitalist Political Group (ΑΠΟ): communism, trotskyism

    Communist Organization of Greece (KOE): maoism, communism

    Communist Platform of Syriza: Greek section of the International Marxist Tendency, communism, trotskyism[38]

    Democratic Social Movement (DIKKI): left-wing nationalism, socialism,[39] euroscepticism[40]

    Ecosocialists: eco-socialism, left ecology

    Internationalist Workers’ Left (DEA): revolutionary socialism, communism, trotskyism

    Union of the Democratic Centre (EDIK)

    Movement for the United in Action Left (KEDA): communism

    Radical Left Group Roza

    Radicals (Ριζοσπάστες): democratic socialism, patriotism

    Red (Κόκκινο): communism, trotskyism

    Renewing Communist Ecological Left (AKOA): democratic socialism, eurocommunism, green politics

    Synaspismós (SYN): democratic socialism,[41] eco-socialism,[4] eurocommunism,[42] environmentalism,[41] feminism[41]

    Unitary Movement: democratic socialism, social democracy

    New Fighter: democratic socialism, social democracy

  2. And what does that have to do with justifying communist extremism?

    Yes ND and Pasok screwed up but lets not forget most of today’s Syriza supporters are former Pasok voters ok? Prior the current economic debacle Syriza was like GD. A fringe party for extremists that no Greeks took seriously. They are just populist extremists trying to exploit the current economic mess. The extremists are only making things worse with their violent revolutionary rhetoric (see mess in Egypt and Syria to see what Greece could turn into)

    If some Greek wants to vote for some alternative party that’s an option but for goodness sake don’t vote for parties that have proven failed ideologies and encourage violence againt other Greeks.

  3. Not on tourist season. The state needs to seize control immediately and fire all of them with new replacements before August 9. Despite the fact that air traffic will not be disrupted this is a matter of principal. You snooze, you lose.

  4. Reagan fired the aircraft control operators after they striked. Life went on and the US economy boomed in the 80s.

  5. ****In an announcement, OSYPA talks about an “illegal, unconstitutional and illogical decision by the government on layoffs, ignoring the problems and chaos that will be created at the airports and during the peak of the tourist season.”****

    Illegal? By whose laws? Your stupid union and your useful idiots?

    Unconstitutional? LOL! It’s call a majority.

    Chaos? You go on strike and you blame the government for chaos?

    Your time has come and well overdue. Maybe your savior Chimpras will send you some love letters and pat your unemployed butts. .

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