Greek air traffic controllers abandon planned strikes
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