Cyprus controller strike halts flights

2012-03-03 22:47
Nicosia - Flights will be halted for 13 hours at Paphos International Airport on the Mediterranean resort island of Cyprus from late on Saturday as air traffic controllers stage a new strike, state news agency CNA reported.

A spokesperson for airport operator Hermes, Adamos Aspris, said six departures and six arrivals would be affected by the strike, which will run from 17:00 to 06:00 GMT on Sunday.

Controllers in Paphos and the country's main airport in Larnaca walked out on Friday and have also declared for strike action on March 7, 12 and 15.

The controllers' union said they were escalating action after talks with the government had broken down, with their proposals having been "dismissed without being examined" and there being "no willingness for a dialogue."

The controllers are seeking exemption from a two-year public sector pay freeze and also have grievances over manning levels, overtime and paying pension contributions.

 
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