Strikes may hit airports

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Mediation was beginning this week in an effort to ward off strikes by labour organizations representing emergency crews and technicians at Norwegian airports. The workers haven’t been willing to go along with demands for changes in pension plans.

In the event of a strike by emergency crews, Stavanger’s airport (Lufthavn Sola) will likely close since 90 workers will be called off the job. If technicians and airline mechanics go on strike, 430 of 500 members of Norsk Flytekniker Organisasjon (NFO) can be affected but the union is only initially pulling three workers off the job, one each working at airlines Norwegian Air, SAS and Widerøe.

Neither NHO nor NFO want to disrupt travel for thousands of people starting summer holidays. Other airports that can eventually be hit by striking workers represented by LO Stat include Haugesund, Alta, Honningsvåg, Rørvik, Sandane, Sandnessjøen, Svolvær and Oslo Gardermoen. Any strikes are set to begin from Wednesday and/or Friday morning.

newsinenglish.no staff