An appeals court in Oslo has ruled in favour of Norwegian Air’s parent company, Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, finding that it has no formal employer responsibility for pilots and cabin crews hired through susidiaries that then lease them out to the airline.
Cabin crews are employed by Norwegian Cabin Services Norway AS, while the pilots are employed by Norwegian Pilot Services Norway AS. They wanted a legal determination that Norwegian Air’s parent company is responsible for them, and won such a ruling in the Oslo City Court (Oslo Tingrett). Now, the appeals court Borgarting lagmannsrett has arrived at the opposite conclusion.
The ruling affects the rights that pilots and cabin crews have, in addition to job security, and the suit was filed after several labour disputes between the pilots’ and cabin crews’ unions and the airline. Norwegian Air spokesman Lasse Sandaker-Nielsen told state broadcaster NRK that the airline was pleased by the ruling handed down last week.
“Norwegian (Air) is building a company structure for the future that will contribute to global growth and secure jobs in Norway,” Sandaker-Nielsen told NRK. It remained unclear whether the unions would appeal to the Supreme Court.