Poland strikes deal with air traffic controllers, avoiding flight chaos

Passengers wearing face masks are seen at the Warsaw Chopin Airport terminal following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease in Warsaw, Poland March 13, 2020. Picture taken March 13, 2020. Dawid Zuchowicz/Agencja Gazeta/ via REUTERS

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WARSAW, June 29 (Reuters) – Poland has reached an agreement with air traffic controllers in a dispute over pay and conditions, the head of Poland’s Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA) said on Wednesday. ), relieving holidaymakers fearful of flight cancellations. .

Authorities had until July 10 to strike a deal with controllers, who had opposed changes to work practices they said threatened safety. Read more

“We have worked out and agreed on an agreement (…) regarding changes in remuneration and labor regulations,” Anita Oleksiak told a press conference. “We keep Polish airspace functioning and complete talks over Polish skies.”

Oleksiak did not give details of the deal.

In addition to pay, the dispute centered on issues such as the ability for air traffic controllers to work alone and the length of shifts.

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Reporting by Alan Charlish and Pawel Florkiewicz; Editing by Nick Macfie

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