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Polish Air Traffic Control soon to be unmanned, says ATCEUC

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ATCEUC calls on PANSA to reach a common sense and bring the situation in the agency back to normal. “Since months, ATCEUC was warning before a situation arising in Poland, where not enough Air Traffic Controllers will be left to control the polish airspace.” says Mr Volker Dick, ATCEUC President. “We have warned the European Institutions, we have warned CANSO and the airlines, that PANSAs was forcing its ATCOs out of the company by destroying the safety culture and safety management

ATCEUC calls on PANSA to reach a common sense and bring the situation in the agency back to normal. “Since months, ATCEUC was warning before a situation arising in Poland, where not enough Air Traffic Controllers will be left to control the polish airspace.” says Mr Volker Dick, ATCEUC President.

“We have warned the European Institutions, we have warned CANSO and the airlines, that PANSAs was forcing its ATCOs out of the company by destroying the safety culture and safety management system, drawing disciplinary consequences against employees reporting irregularities, bullying the personnel and unilaterally cutting ATCOs’ wages even by 70%.” concludes Mr Dick.

“PANSA is not only violating the rights of its employees, according to the European Pillar of Social Rights, it is endangering the safety of the European airspace.” says Mr Xavier Wirth, ATCEUC Vice President.

“Forcing almost 180 ATCOs to not prolong their contracts on base of the new unacceptable conditions will produce unseen delays and it will force traffic to divert to the west where Germany will not be able to handle all the demand because simultaneously traffic from Reims ACC will be diverted to German airspace as well to ensure safety during major technological changes of French ATM” concludes Mr Wirth.

ATCEUC calls on all the involved European and Polish institutions and ANSPs to use their means to avoid this from happening. It is not yet too late.

ATCEUC calls on PANSA to reach a common sense and bring the situation in the agency back to normal. Restoring safety levels of providing air traffic services and achieving just culture to a level acceptable by employees, is more than essential, because those are the pillars without which Air Traffic Controllers cannot continue to operate safely.

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