Here we go again the rolling labour strikes from within the aviation sector
This time it is this week…. Wednesday November 25th and Thursday 26th. The Greek Air Traffic Controllers Association (EEEKE) hand in hand with the Union of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Mechanics (ENHMAEK) are on strike. They are doing so to make the point again over injustices in their employment.
The two unions are coordinating their hours to down tools. EEEKE take the morning hours 0600hrs to 1200hrs, while ENHMAEK take over in the afternoon hours from noon to 1800hrs. Effectively Greek Airspace is closed for the airlines the whole of the business day.
Perhaps the unions are not entirely wrong in their efforts. Why?
For bizarre reasons the Greek Government is not ensuring the air industry workers are being paid on time. But their big beef with the Government is the manner in which the Hellenic Aviation Authority is being restructured under new legislation being introduced in Parliament.
Check if your local airport is affected and contact your carrier anyway if scheduled to fly.
In any event these two day strikes are causing major inconvenience to the public and businesses, and costing the economy at a time when business normalcy should prevail.