Turbulence continued this week at Norwegian Air, as the threat of a major strike reported earlier this month grew. More than a thousand flight attendants may walk off the job from April 30 unless their labour dispute with Norwegian is settled in mediation.
Labour federation Parat is now threatening to pull 1,300 employees of Norwegian off the job, prompting Norwegian management to send out furlough warnings to all 1,300 employees who make up the airline’s cabin crews. The moves this week boosted the earlier threats of a strike after the Easter holidays.
The flight attendants are angry that they’ve been forcibly transferred to newly established subsidiaries of Norwegian, fearing the move will threaten their working conditions and pension benefits. Parat broke off negotiations at the end of March on a new main labour contract for flight attendants who are members of the labour organizations Kabinforeningen, Parat and YS.
Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported this week that Parat also sent a furlough warning to the state mediator, indicating there will be a major strike if the two sides don’t come to agreement through mediation.