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SLSY and IAU issue strike warning for November

The Finnish Flight Attendants’ Association (SLSY) and the Finnish Aviation Union (IAU) have issued a warning of industrial action. This would be timed to take place on November 15 from 15.00 EET to November 23 at 15.00 EET.

“We are surprised by the strike threat since the unions earlier assured us that they would refrain from such action. We feel especially let down by the fact that the strike warning is coming before we have had a chance to meet after last week’s national frame agreement negotiations,” Ville Iho, Finnair’s COO, said.

“If the strike goes ahead, it would have a significant impact on our operations. We sincerely apologise for the worry that this strike threat will cause our customers. We at Finnair naturally hope that a solution can be reached through negotiation and a strike will be averted.”

He continued: “Any such action will of course weaken the chances of Finnair and its staff to survive the fierce structural changes that the whole industry sector is going through. We understand the challenging situation, but right now is the time to create a common future and build a foundation for the coming years. At Finnair, we are all affected by the cost saving programs in one way or another.”

Wall Street Journal

[pictured: Airbus A340-300; courtesy Finnair]

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