The Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA) and the Trade Union of Air Traffic Controllers (ZZ KRL) announced that 181 agreements with air traffic controllers had been signed. “Thus, PANSA maintains the continuity of providing air traffic services in the Polish airspace” – stated in the joint statement.
The contracts were signed on Friday, July 8, based on the new work and remuneration regulations. “The signed contracts are a success of both parties participating in the talks, crowning the negotiation process and guaranteeing full control of the Polish sky” – emphasized PANSA and the union in Saturday’s communiqué.
The Air Traffic Controllers Trade Union provided information about the signed contracts in a Friday post in social media. The entry referred to 180, not 181, contracts for an indefinite period for air traffic controllers, whose previous contracts ended on July 10, 2022. “Thus, the conflict with the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency, which has been going on for 6 months, is over,” the union pointed out.
“The signing of the contracts ended 6 months of joint struggle for safety, dignity, remuneration and friendly working conditions in an inherently stressful environment” – we could read in the entry. “Thank you for being with us, supporting us at every step and believing that we would be successful. Our peace of mind and comfort of work have a significant impact on the safety of all airspace users” – added the trade unions.
PANSA’s agreement with controllers
At the end of June this year. The president of the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency, Anita Oleksiak, announced that an agreement was concluded ending the dispute between air traffic controllers and PANSA. The agreement was signed by one of the fourteen trade unions – the Trade Union of Air Traffic Controllers.
“The management of the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency and representatives of the Air Traffic Controllers Trade Union, as part of the negotiations of the collective dispute of December 22, 2021, reached an agreement on the development of amendments to the Work Regulations and Remuneration Regulations. Draft documents were presented for public consultations, as a result of which a number of comments made by the social side were taken into account “, wrote the ZZ KRL in a statement published on its website at the end of June.
It added that “changes to the Work Regulations and the annex to the Remuneration Regulations have a positive impact on air traffic safety, work organization and culture, and create objective criteria for remunerating PANSA’s operational employees”. “The developed solutions will allow for the continuity of providing air traffic services in the Polish airspace” – we could read in the release.
The signing of the agreement was not agreed by, inter alia, The Trade Union of PANSA Employees, the National Trade Union of Air Traffic Services and the Gdańsk Trade Union of Air Traffic Control Employees.
Crisis in PANSA
The crisis in PANSA began two years ago after the introduction of the so-called single controller mode (SPO – Single Person Operations). On tvn24.pl and on TVN24, we alarmed about how this mode may affect security in the Polish skies, incl. in March 2021, we described the case of PANSA union members who alarmed about a security threat and were disciplinarily fired from their jobs.
At the same time, we informed about the controllers leaving, which was the result of a conflict with the president of the agency, Janusz Janiszewski, dismissed on March 30, who in November 2021 aggravated the dispute by introducing new remuneration regulations. From November, inspectors received the so-called amending agreements with new pay conditions.
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