Warning: Strike coming soon to Norwegian Air
Members of the Norwegian Pilot Union announced they will stage walk outs in tandem with Norwegian Air cabin staff whenever the latter schedules a strike, increasing the possibility of flight cancellations.
The pilot union said they support the plight of Norwegian’s cabin staff who are currently in a labour dispute with the airline. Norwegian has been planning to split their Danish and Norwegian cabin staff into two subsidiaries. But cabin staff fear that they might lose their wages and benefits in the process.
Negotiations between cabin staff representative Parat and Norwegian Air’s representative NHO Luftfart broke down on 7 May.
Union head Halvor Vatnar said he is shocked by how Norwegian has treated its cabin crew and vowed that the union will submit formal notification regarding their walk out: ‘We hope that we can avoid going on strike to support those who work in the cabin.
‘We hope that the warning today speeds up the efforts to reach a negotiated agreement.’
Daniel Kirchoff of Norwegian’s Communication Department expressed the airlines’ disapproval of the union’s decision to back up cabin staff and said the strikes may lead to ‘uncertainty for our passengers.
‘We’re prepared to negotiate and find a solution, but it’s important for us to retain the right to decide over the company.’
The official date of the strike is on 18 May. Regular passengers of Norwegian Air are advised to stay updated for news of flight disruptions.