Source AP ©

24-hour strike to engulf Cyprus Airways ground staff

A 24-hour strike will be organized by some 140 Cyprus Airways ground staff next week to protest the airline's plans to outsource ground handling services.

Ground staff will walk off the job on Dec. 12 and hold a 48-hour walkout Dec. 17-18 if the airline doesn't reconsider a deal with the Swissport & GAP Vassilopoulos consortium to outsource ground handling at the island's two airports in Larnaca and Paphos.

The airline said 12,000 passengers would be travelling on 107 flights over the three days of strike action. Cyprus Airways said 70 percent of its flights were flying into Cyprus and would be unaffected by the stoppage.

It said it was making arrangements to allow passengers to fly from Cyprus but said in a statement: "If need be, our aircraft will fly empty to specific destinations to ferry inbound passengers."

Union members fear that outsourcing of ground handling would mean lay-offs, but the cash-strapped airline insists it would save money without job cuts. Union chief Andreas Pierides said the strike could be averted if ground handlers remain Cyprus Airways employees.

"We're ready to talk and prevent the strike until the last minute," Pierides said.

In an exclusive interview with Pravda.Ru, US filmmaker talks to Edu Montesanti on the presidential elections in the Caribbean country, and its importance to Latin America. "The left will come back in Latin America, more likely sooner than later," says Oliver Stone

Exclusive Interview: Oliver Stone on Venezuelan Election

In an exclusive interview with Pravda.Ru, US filmmaker talks to Edu Montesanti on the presidential elections in the Caribbean country, and its importance to Latin America. "The left will come back in Latin America, more likely sooner than later," says Oliver Stone

Exclusive Interview: Oliver Stone on Venezuelan Election
Comments
The ayatollahs now fear the collapse of the Iranian economy
12 signs of imminent war between the West and Russia
Venezuela may expect another Panama scenario from 1989
12 signs of imminent war between the West and Russia
Exclusive Interview: Oliver Stone on Venezuelan Election
Russia will not be the only country to use Crimean Bridge
Kremlin wants foreign invaders out of Syria
The Royal Wedding and the Silly Season
Germany responds to USA's ultimatum about Nord Stream 2 project
The Royal Wedding and the Silly Season
The Royal Wedding and the Silly Season
The Royal Wedding and the Silly Season
The Royal Wedding and the Silly Season
Russians massively break traffic rules on Crimea Bridge
International study indicates ways to mitigate the effects of climate change on agriculture
12 signs of imminent war between the West and Russia
The Royal Wedding and the Silly Season
12 signs of imminent war between the West and Russia
12 signs of imminent war between the West and Russia
Argentina suggests Putin should reinstate gay propaganda for World Cup 2018
International study indicates ways to mitigate the effects of climate change on agriculture