Traffic controllers' strike to paralyse Greek airspace
Wednesday 14 July 2010
Greece's air traffic controllers' union announced plans Wednesday for a four-hour shutdown of the country's airspace at the height of the tourist season to protest planned pension reforms.
The announcement of the stoppage on Thursday prompted the national carrier Olympic Airways to cancel 14 flights, including 11 headed for holiday islands, and reschedule a further 27.
"Nothing will fly in Greek airspace," between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm (0800-1200 GMT) on Thursday, the union said in a statement.
The union staged a similar protest on July 8 during the course of a nationwide general strike against government-imposed austerity measures.
As part of a 110-billion euro loan deal with the European Union and International Monetary Fund, Greece has implemented a series of deeply unpopular reforms, including a general cut in pensions and a rise in the retirement age from 60 to 65.
The country is labouring under a mountain of debt approaching 300 billion euros and its economy is trapped in recession.
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