Greek air traffic controllers cancel planned rolling strikes

October 8, 2016 8:02 pm

File photo shows inside of Athens International Airport on April 7, 2016, during a 24-hour walkout against pension reforms. (Photo by AFP)

Greek air traffic controllers have canceled a planned series of one-day strikes scheduled to start on Sunday.
The union of air controllers said earlier in the week that it would protest new legislation approved by parliament that foresees the restructuring of the country’s Civil Authority (CAA).
After meeting with Transport Minister Christos Spirtzis, the union said in a statement on Saturday that they called off the action as the minister had promised to make changes to a draft bill that reorganizes ’s civil aviation authorities.
The first 24-hour strike was to begin at midnight Saturday. Further strikes had been scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The strikes would have led to the cancellation of hundreds of flights.
A few airlines had already announced a reduced schedule for next week.
Irish budget airline Ryanair had called on the European Commission to devise countermeasures to end such strikes which disrupt “travel plans of millions of ’s citizens and their families.”
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