A 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.