Flag carrier and association sign collective agreement
Estonia’s debt-riddled flag carrier can continue with its deep restructuring program following an agreement with its pilots. Estonian Air and the Estonian Pilots Trade Association have signed a collective agreement, which was in turn confirmed by the airline’s supervisory board. The agreement, valid until 31 January 2014, regulates duty and rest times, working conditions and relations between airline and union. The association unites about 80 pilots, 70 of whom work for Estonian Air. Estonian Air signed a similar agreement with cabin crew on December 13, which is valid until the end of 2013.
In the words of supervisory council chairman Erkki Raasuke: “The company has signed the collective agreement with the ELA and from now on the management can carry on the implementation of Estonian Air’s restructuring.”
Estonian Air CEO Jan Palmér stressed the importance of the deal. “After signing the agreement, Estonian Air is able to focus on its daily operations on passenger servicing. Today we can assure to our customers that all Estonian Air flights are operated according to the schedule.”
Rauno Menning, chairman of the pilots association, said simply: “The collective agreement will ensure the industrial peace inside the company.”