The three-week strike of airport technicians in Ethiopia was called off on Sunday (31 March) and normal work resumed the following day at Addis Ababa and Asmara airports.
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Background: The three-week strike of airport technicians in Ethiopia was called off on Sunday (31 March) and normal work resumed the following day at Addis Ababa and Asmara airports.
Since the strike began on March 11th, airlines which normally fly to Ethiopia have refused to land 'planes, almost halting international flights. Only the Ethiopian airline continued to operate, making daylight flights with visual landings.
The strike ended after the 800 ground and technical staff were told by the Civil Aviation Authority that t-hey would be sacked if they did not and their strike. The technicians main demand was the dismissal of three senior officials, and on Sunday Ethiopian Radio announced a Board of Inquiry would be set up to examine their complaings "against a number of senior Civil Aviation Authority officials."
As well as the loss of landing right fees at Addis Ababa, the strike has also seriously damaged the economy of the northern provice of Eritria where hundreds of tons of fruit and vegetables have rotted waiting for flights to European markets.
SYNOPSIS: Addis Ababa Airport where a three-week strike by eight-hundred technicians ended on Sunday after a warning form the Civil Aviation Authority that the strikers would be sacked. The first foreign aircraft to land since the strike was guided down safely on Tuesday.
Nine international air companies normally fly to Ethiopia, bringing valuable revenue in landing right fees.
With work back to normal, these flights have been restored. The chief demand of the technicians was the dismissal of three senior officials. On Sunday Ethiopia Radio announced a Board of Inquiry was to be set up to examine their complaints against the Civil Aviation Authority officials.
The strikers told the Authority that if the officials were dismissed, they would then continue negotations on their other demands which include better pay and working conditions.
Without proper meteorological reports or adequate traffic control during the strike the foreign airlines considered it to be too dangerous to use Ethiopian airspace and runways.
Only the Ethiopian airline continued to operate during the stoppage, making daylight flights with visual landings at the Addis Ababa and Asmara airports.