Greek air traffic controllers strike

2013-05-16 14:29
Athens - Greek air traffic controllers began a four-hour work stoppage on Thursday, disrupting flights at the start of the tourist season.

Several dozen domestic and international flights were cancelled or rescheduled at airports across the country after air traffic controllers walked off the job from 0900 to 1300 GMT.

The strike is to show solidarity with striking teachers forced back to work after the government exercised emergency powers.

The country's public sector union, ADEDY, was also holding a 24-hour strike, forcing schools and public services to close.

The government this week issued emergency provisions, forcing 90,000 teachers to return to work to prevent them from disrupting university entrance exams later this month.

The teachers' union had planned to launch rolling strikes on May 17 to protest involuntary staff transfers, pay cuts and longer working hours.

It is the third time this year that the government has applied the emergency civil mobilization order, a measure normally implemented for natural disasters and other national crises, to end strikes.

The earlier emergency orders were used to force striking ferry and Athens metro workers back to work.

The government said any teacher who refuses to return to work by Friday will face arrest and possible dismissal.Author: Christine Pirovolakis

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