Air Traffic Controllers European Unions Coordination (ATCEUC) has demanded the “immediate” release of their Albanian colleagues arrested by the state police.
In a press release posted on their official Twitter page, the union said it is “horrified” by the recent news and “concerned for their welfare”.
— ATCEUC (@ATCEUC) April 8, 2021
“Albcontrol has unilaterally reduced the salaries of their employees by up to 70% without consulting or even talking to the Unions which represent their workers. Albcontrol has refused every request from the Unions to negotiate a responsible, collective agreement to resolve this crisis, a position which has put its employees under enormous additional stress in the midst of a global crisis”, read the statement.
Furthermore, ATCEUC called on EU institutions dealing with Albania to see this case “as a sign” that Albania “is not ready to join the European Union”.
“How can Albania see itself as worthy of a bright new future as an EU member when its reaction to workers pursuing their fundamental rights is to act in a way reminiscent of a dark Stalinist past that we hoped had been buried, and arrest those who oppose them?
The union is composed of 32 professional and autonomous trade unions and is a representative of over 14,000 Air Traffic Controllers (ATCOs) and Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel (ATSEPs) throughout Europe.
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