The aviation strike will start on Monday, Finnair warns of possible cancellations

The aviation strike will start on Monday, Finnair warns of possible cancellations

The trade union pro has called for an aviation strike on Monday from 6 p.m. Pro says technical workers and members of the Finnish Civil Aviation Association (IAU) are involved in the march, but the latter denies involvement in industrial action.

The march is due to end on January 31st. The influential companies are Finnair, Finnair Technical Services, GA Telesis Engine Services, the ground support service company TCR and Hub Logistics.

Through the industrial action, Pro aims to involve service employers in the air transport collective agreements between the IAU and the Service Employers Group in Palta.

Both the IAU and Palta have criticized the use of Pro.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the IAU accused Prota of providing misleading information.

It refers to Pro’s statement that unorganized workers must comply with Pro’s decisions to oppose it. "The decisions of the Pro-strike committee do not in any way restrict the work or status of unorganized employees".

"It is clear that IAU members will also come to work during the strike," the aviation association said.

Palta: Pro movements “unscrupulous”

The labor dispute in the aviation sector has been resolved through negotiations mediated by a national mediator Vuokko Piekkala, with whom the parties will meet again on Monday.

However, the negotiations do not address the terms of employment of technical workers, which are due to be negotiated in collective bargaining between the IAU and Palta before the current agreement expires in spring 2023.

On Friday, Palta described Pro’s actions this way "ruthless".

"This is a dispute between the unions. where Pro is persistently looking for a place at the negotiating table where it is not a party," Pasi Vuorio, Negotiation Department Palta said in a statement.

"In industrial action, every employee, whether organized or unorganized, always has the right to decide whether or not to take part in a strike," he added.

Finnair: A strike can cause cancellations

Finnair warned last week that the planned strike could cause disruptions and flight cancellations.

The national airline stated that it was also not a party to the dispute between the two unions, but added "The strike action would still have an impact on the maintenance of Finnair’s aircraft". Finnair said it did "special arrangements to ensure the continued maintenance of its aircraft during a possible strike".

Source: The Nordic Page

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