Civil aviation staff to hold walkout on holiday weekend

The Federation of Civil Aviation Authority Unions (OSYPA), which does not include air-traffic controllers, on Friday called a 48-hour strike for May 31 and June 1, a walkout that could cause disruption for those travelling over the Whit Monday long weekend.

It remained unclear whether domestic and international flights would be cancelled as air-traffic controllers have not indicated that they will join the action.

The federation called the walkout to protest the austerity policies of successive governments which, it said, have left their sector in a “wretched” state.

In an open letter to Prime Miniter Alexis Tsipras, OSYPA called for the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority to be declared in a state of emergency due to its “financial strangulation and a dramatic shortage of staff” while funding is supplied and shortfalls covered.

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