Strike called off, sympathy strike still on in aviation sector

Esa Lonka (C), Tuomas Aarto (L) and Juhani Haapasaari (R)

The strike of the Finnish Aviation Union (IAU) and the Finnish Cabin Crew Union (SLSY) scheduled for this afternoon has been called off after employee representatives and Service Sector Employers (Palta) approved a proposal for settlement tabled by the National Conciliator on Friday morning.

Regardless of the agreement, the over 110 of today's flights cancelled by Finnair yesterday will not be operated. In addition, the airline has advised passengers with bookings for Saturday to monitor the status of their flights.

On the other hand, the sympathy strike scheduled for Tuesday remains a possibility as the new collective agreement was rejected by LSG Sky Chefs, a provider of airline catering services, IAU chairman Juhani Haapasaari reminds. “Secondary actions continue. Efforts to settle the row will continue shortly,” Haapasaari asserted on Friday. In addition to transport unions, the SLSY has pledged to take part in the sympathy strike that is consequently projected to cause some disruptions to air traffic. “Flights start today, but Tuesday may be slower,” Haapasaari viewed.

Lehtikuva - Seppo Samuli