As a result of the appointment all protest actions and strikes by air traffic controllers are suspended at least until Monday. The unions are keen to give the mediators a chance in their dispute about work pressure, employment numbers and air safety. Earlier attempts to reach agreement were not successful. The socialist union struck a deal but this was rejected by other unions.
For a fortnight now air traffic has been disrupted triggering delays. So far, the dispute is believed to have cost airlines 4 million euros and they are losing their patience.