Croatian air traffic controllers will go on strike from 7 a.m. on Thursday, citing overwork and understaffing, a Croatian newspaper says Jutarnji List reported, warning of potential problems at the height of Croatia’s summer tourist season.
In practice, the strike will lead to a reduction in the number of flights over Croatian airspace to 40% of standard capacity, while Croatian airports will continue to operate as usual until Saturday (July 23) , date on which their capacity will be reduced by 50% , Jutarnji Explain.
The strike was announced to Transport Minister Oleg Butkovic, and only a court injunction – already requested by management – could prevent it, Jutarnji said.
Air traffic controllers, who have demanded more rest between shifts, more staff and higher salaries, said in a statement that their jobs are “one of the most stressful in the world, and we have continually warned d ‘to be overloaded’.
The statement said the national air traffic control administration, Croatia Control, turned a deaf ear to their demands despite several months of talks.
“We believe that responding to our demands should be at the top of the priority list, which is why we still hope to find an agreement with the national administration so that air traffic can continue to be unhindered as soon as possible,” a- he declared.
(Zoran Radosavljevic | EURACTIV.com)