Greek civil aviation workers to strike

Baku, June 15, AZERTAC

Greek civil aviation workers plan a five-day strike next week in protest at the long-term lease of 14 regional airports, complicating government efforts to implement a privatization program linked to the country`s bailout, according to

Authorities agreed to lease the airports to German operator Fraport last year and are now considering offering concessions for 23 others.

The walkout, called by civil aviation workers union OSYPA from June 20 to June 25, is expected to disrupt domestic and international flights as airports will operate with emergency staff only.

Privatizations have been a key element of the three international bailouts Greece has received since 2010, but they have reaped very limited revenues due to political resistance, bureaucracy and opposition by unions.

Port workers have been on 48-hour rolling strikes since late May to protest the sale of Greece's two largest ports in Piraeus and in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki .

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