17:51 / 20.07.2022.

Author: Nikola Badovinac

Air traffic controllers call off strike

Airplane

Airplane

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The air traffic controllers trade union announced on Wednesday that they have decided to cancel a strike scheduled for Thursday.

Union leader Krešimir Rakoci, who had cited burnout and overwork as the reasons for the work stoppage, told reporters earlier today that they would continue negotiations with the management of the state-run air traffic control instead.


The union insists, he added, on demands related exclusively to air traffic safety, namely the burnout of air traffic controllers due to the huge volume of work they do, as a result of the fact that there are too few of them to handle that traffic.


"Our priority is the safety of air traffic and the provisions of the collective agreement concerning working hours and work schedules. The financial part, in light of the overall situation both in the country and in the world due to inflation, is secondary," Rakoci added.


"If no agreement is reached, and if a satisfactory agreement is not found regarding working hours, overtime hours, and air traffic control burnout, of course, we will have to resort to certain industrial actions," said Rakoci.


The announced strike by air traffic controllers would have resulted in chaos at domestic airports, especially now during the height of the summer tourism season, because about 50 percent of all flights would have ended up canceled.


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