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US’ Clinton joins anti-Norwegian campaign. With less than six months to go before the Presidential Election date, another Democrat candidate gets involved in the bid to stop Norwegian Air International (NAI) flying to America. The airline calls it “disappointing”. “Hillary Clinton urges the Obama Administration against moving forward with final approval of Norwegian Air International's application. Too many questions have been raised about NAI's practices and plans," Nikki Budzinski, director of Hillary for America labour campaign said in a statement, Friday. It follows last month’s US Department of Transportation’s (DoT) tentative approval of the low-cost carrier’s foreign air carrier permit application.

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US’ Clinton joins anti-Norwegian campaign

Published on Monday, 23rd May, 2016 at 15:11 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Sarah Bostock   .

With less than six months to go before the Presidential Election date, another Democrat candidate gets involved in the bid to stop Norwegian Air International (NAI) flying to America. The airline calls it “disappointing”.

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“Hillary Clinton urges the Obama Administration against moving forward with final approval of Norwegian Air International's application. Too many questions have been raised about NAI's practices and plans," Nikki Budzinski, director of Hillary for America labour campaign said in a statement, Friday.

It follows last month’s US Department of Transportation’s (DoT) tentative approval of the low-cost carrier’s foreign air carrier permit application.

NAI is an Ireland-registered subsidiary of Norwegian Air Shuttle (NAS). The parent company is registered to Norway, which is outside the EU.

US jobs risk

The feud regarding NAI’s intended routes to-from America under the EU-US Open Skies Agreement has been long-running.

US and Norwegian unions, US airlines, Senators, and other politicians oppose the airline’s intentions, censuring NAI’s labour practices and their threat to American jobs.

“Workers in the US airline industry deserve rules of the road that support a strong workforce with high labour standards -- not attempts by airlines to flout labour standards and outsource good-paying jobs,” Nikki Budzinski’s statement also reads.

“That's why our Open Skies Agreement with Europe explicitly calls for the maintenance of high labour standards to guide the parties in its implementation.”

Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton's rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, has also expressed his strong disapproval.

He argues that granting NAI a permit would be “a direct violation” of the Open Skies Agreement’s strong labour provisions.

“Moreover, it would set a dangerous precedent that threatens the jobs of hundreds of thousands of flight attendants, mechanics, pilots and other airline workers in our country and in Europe,” Mr Sanders writes on his campaign website.

“Norwegian Air International’s attempt to undermine international labour laws by outsourcing cheap labour from Thailand and other low-wage countries is unacceptable. The US Department of Transportation should not be rewarding this airline with a foreign air carrier permit that would allow it to undercut the wages and benefits of airline workers throughout this country.”

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Lasse Sandaker-Nielsen, press spokesperson for Norwegian in Norway tells The Foreigner that “it’s disappointing that some politicians have fallen for false and misleading claims about Norwegian Air International to get union support.”

“By comparison, the European Commission, the Irish and Norwegian Governments, major airlines, travel groups, and airports on both sides of the Atlantic all support Norwegian based on the clear facts in the case. Norwegian already has more US-based crew members than any other foreign airline, and has created 17,000 American jobs in tourism-related industries since 2013.”

Expansion will also increase jobs in the US markedly – by some tens of thousands, according to him.

“Norwegian’s order of Boeing aircraft valued at USD 18.5bn and Pratt and Whitney engines for its Airbus aircraft supports close to 100,000 U.S. based manufacturing jobs (based on the US government’s own estimates),” he declares.

US-based spokesperson Anders Lindström says in a statement that the airline is “confident the Department of Transportation will approve Norwegian Air International’s application.”

“Approval of NAI will result in more US aviation sector jobs, enable Norwegian to expand its already large pool of American crew, and deliver much needed competition and affordable fares to consumers on both sides of the Atlantic,” he adds, reports Washington D.C. website The Hill.

Earlier this month, aviation professionals, union leaders and members of the Congress gathered outside the White House at a rally, calling on the Obama Administration to “Deny NAI”.

Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department (TTD), AFL-CIO, an employee umbrella organisation that represents 32 unions, called NAI “a rogue business model that shouldn’t receive the blessing of our government to violate the US-EU air services agreement and eviscerate labour standards here and in Europe.”



Published on Monday, 23rd May, 2016 at 15:11 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Sarah Bostock   .

This post has the following tags: presidentialelections, washington, airline, flights, paywall.





  
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