(Corrects day of announcement in paragraph two)
ATHENS Oct 5 Greek air traffic controllers plan
to walk off the job over four days from Oct. 9, grounding
flights in protest at changes to their job descriptions under
reforms pursued by the country's foreign creditors.
Their union said on Wednesday they would stage 24-hour
strikes on Oct. 9, 10, and Oct 12-13 inclusive. All but
emergency and search-and-rescue flights along with flights
through the Athens Flight Information region would be suspended.
Walkouts by Greek air traffic controllers, a department
considered an essential service, have in the past been deemed
illegal by Greek courts and been cancelled.
The announcement on industrial action coincided with the
submission of draft legislation to parliament on Tuesday evening
seeking to introduce changes to the structure of the civil
"This was a last chance for a proper reform. Instead, they
are pursuing changes which will shut us down in a year or two,"
said a member of the air traffic controllers union board. "They
are undermining our sector and they never consulted with us."
The 170-page proposed law which reforms the aviation sector
and is a demand of Greece's European Union and International
Monetary Fund lenders, will be discussed in parliament on
Thursday. The left-led government has 153 lawmakers in the
(Reporting by Renee Maltezou Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)