Cyprus air controllers to hold 4-hour strike

Cyprus air traffic controllers to hold new 4-hour work stoppage over pay dispute

Associated Press

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Air traffic at Cyprus' two airports will be suspended for four hours as air traffic controllers stage a walkout over an unresolved salary dispute.

Some 36 flights to and from the airports will be affected by Wednesday's strike action between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. local time. Air Traffic Controllers' Union boss Giorgos Georgiou said similar work stoppages are planned for March 12 and 15.

Talks between the union and the Communications Ministry have stalled.

Controllers say wage and overtime pay cuts the government enacted to curb a burgeoning public sector bill shouldn't apply to them because their salaries come from dues airlines pay to use Cyprus airspace.

Communications Minister Efthymios Floutentzou says he's in talks with lawmakers on ways to end the dispute.

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