Greek air traf­fic con­trollers aban­don planned strikes

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

Greek air traf­fic con­trollers have can­celed a plan for suc­ces­sive 24hour strikes next week af­ter meet­ing with the coun­try’s trans­port min­is­ter. The air con­trollers’ union said in a state­ment Satur­day evening that Trans­port Min­is­ter Chris­tos Spirtzis had promised to make changes to a draft bill that re­or­ga­nizes Greece’s civil avi­a­tion au­thor­i­ties.

The re­forms are one of a hand­ful of out­stand­ing ac­tions that Greece’s lef­t­led gov­ern­ment must do to re­ceive a 2.8 bil­lion-euro ($3.1 bil­lion) res­cue loan in­stall­ment from its Euro­pean part­ners.

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. —AP

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