Air Traffic Controllers Call Off Planned Strike Action



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Airlines on Saturday announced the cancellation of hundreds of flights ahead of a series of rolling strikes by the country’s air traffic controllers, however the action was averted at the eleventh hour. Greek Transport Minister Christos Spirtzis had accused the air traffic controllers’ union of calling a “strike without precise demands”, however problems were resolved by Saturday afternoon following a meeting between Spirtzis and unionists.

The air traffic controllers’ union called off the strike after stating that some grey zones had been clarified. Air Traffic Controllers Union chief Seraphim Petrou said that representatives managed to have “constructive dialogue” with the minister, and called off strike action.

The announcement of the walkout was in reaction to the proposed restructuring of the Civil Aviation Authority. The union had accused the Greek government of implementing reforms that would deprive them of their administrative role without prior consultation with the union.