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Norwegian pilots get Ryanair lift, discussions afoot. European cockpit colleagues cite cheapness concerns. Travel misery continues for Europe passengers amongst reports of possible negotiations. “The race to the bottom between airlines to set unsustainable terms and conditions should be fought at every opportunity,” the Ryanair Pilot Group (RPG) says in a statement. “The actions of NPU pilots operating for NAS to protect normal employment contracts and working conditions deserve the maximum support of every worker in Europe,” they add, citing a European Commission-funded report into dumping and safety.

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Norwegian pilots get Ryanair lift, discussions afoot

Published on Thursday, 5th March, 2015 at 09:45 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 5th March 2015 at 10:08.

European cockpit colleagues cite cheapness concerns. Travel misery continues for Europe passengers amongst reports of possible negotiations.

Sky interior, Norwegian plane
There might be movement towards settling the current dispute.Sky interior, Norwegian plane
Photo: Norwegian


“The race to the bottom between airlines to set unsustainable terms and conditions should be fought at every opportunity,” the Ryanair Pilot Group (RPG) says in a statement.

“The actions of NPU pilots operating for NAS to protect normal employment contracts and working conditions deserve the maximum support of every worker in Europe,” they add, citing a European Commission-funded report into dumping and safety.

Norwegian Pilots Union aircrew working for Norwegian Air Shuttle through wholly-owned Scandinavia subsidiary Norwegian Air Norway (NAN) have been on strike since Saturday.

Wednesday saw industrial action widened. All domestic Norway flights were cancelled, some Sweden and Denmark domestic flights affected, and most inter-Scandinavian capitals flights cancelled. The strike hit some 35,000 passengers.

“I’m not sure Norwegian realise what implications this [walkout] will have in the rest of the world,” Parat union leader Hans-Erik Skjæggerud told The Foreigner.

And while there has been some contact between them and Norwegian last night, the situation is much the same today, Thursday.

No domestic Norway routes are being flown, some Sweden and Denmark flights are affected, and most services between the Scandinavian capitals are cancelled.

Norwegian has been hiring in aircraft and pilots from other countries in efforts to provide some semblance of service, which unions view as strike-busting.

Talking of “last resort industrial action”, pilots at low-cost carrier Ryanair say other airlines or NAS pilots in other countries should resist Norwegian’s attempts to garner support to "the maximum extent legally possible".

“The threat and risks associated with the employment models being adopted by NAS and other low-cost carriers are not acceptable in any modern industry, and we commend our colleagues in NPU for their efforts to secure normal employment contracts and working conditions,” they conclude.

According to NTB, Norwegian is now attempting to get the National Mediator (Riksmekleren) aboard for negotiations with union Parat and pilots. Both parties wish an end to the strike, reports NRK.

Affected passengers in Scandinavia can check the status of their flights on Norwegian’s web pages (in Norwegian).



Published on Thursday, 5th March, 2015 at 09:45 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 5th March 2015 at 10:08.

This post has the following tags: norwegian, strike, flights, planes.





  
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