Transport minister intervenes in Air Traffic Controllers strike

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Transport Minister Dzifa Attivor says her outfit is anxiously working to resolve all the grievances that led? to a strike action by?air traffic controllers at the Kotoka International Airport.

She said a committee has been set up to address the challenges by the workers.

On Tuesday, local flights were grounded to a halt and passengers across the country were left stranded ?as a result of the strike.

Attivor explained the grievances have more to do with technical issues than conditions of service and ?said among other things that the workers were seeking appointment into certain positions.

The minister told Joy News the workers have also agreed to resume work while their ?grievances are resolved.

Meanwhile, the domestic airlines have taken turns to apologise to the stranded passengers and in some cases refunded monies to them.

Hundreds of travelers were ?stranded at the Kotoka International Airport due to a strike by Air Traffic Controllers.

The traffic controllers ?refused to work until “current safety, operational, technical and management issues confronting the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority” were addressed by the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).

“As critical partners in the civil aviation system, we have drawn the attention of government to these issues through the sector Minister and the Board of Directors. Whether the government is aware of these issues is what beats the imagination of GHATCA [Ghana Air Traffic Controllers Association].

“The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority is faced with unprecedented challenges in the restructuring of the Authority on global standards, there is crisis with Togo and Benin on the management of the upper airspaces of the three States, Ghana has not been able to attain FAA Category One, there is total technical confusion in the Authority with its attendant safety hazards, the blacklisting of Ghana registered offshore cargo planes, and many more”.

The development has compelled domestic airline operators to ground their flights disrupting flight schedules in Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi and Sunyani.

The Air Traffic Controllers last month threatened to lay down their tools if issues relating to their conditions of service were not addressed.

GCAA worried

GCAA worried

Director General of the GCAA, Air Commodore Manphey Nana Kwame Manphey expressed worry about the situation.

He told Joy FM’s?Super Morning Show Tuesday, a committee set up to look into the concerns of the workers is yet to submit its report.

Air Commodore Manphey however said efforts were being made to persuade the traffic controllers to go back to work.

“The airlines are aware they cannot fly if the controllers are not around…we are however hoping to resolve the issues in the next few hours,” Air Commodore Manphey said.

GHATCA has noted the deep concerns of the general public on the current safety, operational, technical and management issues confronting the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority.

As critical partners in the civil aviation system, we have drawn the attention of government to these issues through the sector Minister and the Board of Directors. Whether the government is aware of these issues is what beats the imagination of GHATCA.

The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority is faced with unprecedented challenges in the restructuring of the Authority on global standards, there is crisis with Togo and Benin on the management of the upper airspaces of the three States, Ghana has not been able to attain FAA Category One, there is total technical confusion in the Authority with its attendant safety hazards, the blacklisting of Ghana registered offshore cargo planes, and many more.

We are in discussions with the sector minister and assurance has been given that these issues will be addressed. In view of this, the intended partial withdrawal of air traffic services has been deferred till the end of the month.

As aviation safety professionals, we shall continue to provide air traffic services as required by international rules and procedures.

We assure the government and the public of air traffic operational safety in the airspaces of Ghana, Togo and Benin.

We will keep the media and the public updated on any further development.

Source: Myjoyonline

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