By Alan Charlish and Anna Koper
WARSAW (Reuters) -Poland failed to arrive at agreement with air website traffic controllers on Friday in a dispute above spend and conditions, a trade union spokeswoman mentioned, transferring airways nearer to what European authorities have reported could be mass flight cancellations.
The disruption, impacting not only flights to and from Poland but also individuals passing by means of the country’s airspace, could start on May possibly 1, the working day immediately after the conclude of the observe interval for air targeted traffic controllers who selected to stop instead than accept new performing restrictions they say threaten basic safety.
Talks will resume on Sunday afternoon, the spokeswoman mentioned.
European air safety entire body Eurocontrol reported Poland’s Civil Aviation Authority will substantially reduce the variety of flights in Polish airspace if no settlement is achieved.
“As of 1 May perhaps, the Polish CAA will put into action a flight cancellation programme to considerably cut down the quantity of flights into/out of Polish airspace,” Eurocontrol mentioned in an emailed assertion.
“It is predicted that there will be sufficient controllers for the strategy to Warsaw airports to work … with a whole ability of all over 170 flights. The two Warsaw airports ended up predicted to cope with on common 510 flights each day in May perhaps.”
According to the Polish air site visitors controllers’ union, 180 out of 206 controllers doing work in Warsaw selected to resign fairly than accept the new working circumstances. Forty-4 of the 180 have now left, and the see interval for the remaining 136 finishes on April 30.
The union states proposals together with a minimize in air website traffic controllers’ fork out and an raise from 8 to 12 in the utmost number of hours they can get the job done in a change are unacceptable.
“We are combating for safety and for the return of a society of operate basic safety and this signifies an ecosystem of rely on, which is crafted, not bought,” it claimed in a statement on Thursday.
Deputy Infrastructure Minister Marcin Horala has previously mentioned the air traffic controllers’ pay calls for are not sensible provided the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has decreased the service fees the Polish Air Navigation Solutions Agency (PANSA) will get from airlines.
(Reporting by Alan Charlish and Anna Koper Modifying by Hugh Lawson, William Maclean and Catherine Evans)
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