It looks like workers of the transport industry decided to fight for their rights at the end of the spring season. Multiple labor unions have announced that air traffic controllers (ATC) and the railway workers in Athens will hold a 3 hours strike on 30th of May.
As it was reported, due to rail workers strike there will be no connection between the city of Athens and Athens International Airport. The Panhellenic Seamen‘s Union (PNO) has announced that business, public transit and commercial routes disruptions are also likely to occur. Due to these strikes flight disruptions can be expected.
Several major labor unions (including the Civil Servants‘ Confederation, General Confederation of Greek Labor and Panhellenic Seamen‘s Union) have called their members to start a strike action. ATC and the railway workers are protesting because of the reforms implemented by the government, which include increasing taxes, austerity measures and evaluations of public sector workers – the unions fear this might simply be the reason for firing employees.
Unfortunately, air passengers will not be compensated for these flight disruptions. According to EC 261/2004 Regulation strikes are considered as “extraordinary circumstances”.
“A number of strikes is increasing every year. Unfortunately, passengers usually have their flights delayed or even cancelled because of these actions. Even during this kind of flight disruptions passengers have their rights. Carriers need to take care of their customers according to the EC 261/2004 regulation and provide them with free meals and drinks, access to two free calls, let use e-mail or send a free fax. When passengers have to wait for a flight for one or more nights – they must be granted free accommodation in a hotel, including transport to/from the airport,” comments Marius Stonkus, the CEO of flight compensation company Skycop.
AEGEAN and Olympic Air have announced their cancelled and rescheduled flights list.
|AEGEAN cancelled flights||Olympic Air cancelled flights|
|Flight N°||From||To||Flight N°||From||To|
|A3 990||ATH||IST||OA 110||ATH||SKG|
|A3 991||IST||ATH||OA 111||SKG||ATH|
|AEGEAN rescheduled flights||Olympic Air rescheduled flights|
|Operator||Flight N°||From||To||Old time (local)||New time (local)||Operator||Flight N°||From||To||Old time (local)|