Air traffic

Air traffic controllers sign new contracts with airspace authority

Radek Pietruszka/PAP

A total of 181 new employment contracts have been signed by air traffic controllers with the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PAZP) as part of an agreement reached with an air traffic controllers union.

PAZP said the development ensures the continuity of air traffic control in Polish airspace.

Unions and PAZP had been at odds for weeks in a labor dispute that threatened airlines’ ability to fly to and from Poland until the deadlock was resolved in late June, with the two sides reaching an agreement on wages and working conditions.

“In accordance with the agreement concluded between the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency and the Air Traffic Controllers’ Union and based on the new work regulations and remuneration rules, on July 8 this year, 181 contracts with air traffic controllers air have been signed,” the PAZP said in a statement.

PAZP official Anita Oleksiak said in late June that the agency had accepted or would successively implement 24 security demands.

The PAZP leadership and union officials signed an agreement in late April, which was to be binding until July 10, when the parties were to work on a final settlement. The agreement provided for PAZP to carry out an organizational and restructuring audit in exchange for which the union was to recommend that its members return to their jobs.

PAZP is the only institution in Poland that trains and employs air traffic controllers.