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Legal action brought against Primera Air

Denmark’s Flight Personnel Union alleges that Primera Air uses Eastern European cabin crew without Danish rules.

Serious charges are being brought by Denmark’s Flight Personnel Union against the Riga-headquartered leisure airline Primera Air Nordic, parent company of the Danish firm Primera Air Scandinavia, leading to a conflict notice issued against the company.

Primera Air Nordic, which was recently listed among the world’s cheapest airlines for passengers, uses Eastern European cabin crew on its flights from Copenhagen Airport, the Flight Personnel Union claims.

These crew members are allegedly employed by recruitment companies based in the tax havens of Guernsey and Malta, who then work on conditions that are far below the Danish norms, the union says, as reported by Check-in.dk.

The union also claims that Primera Air Nordic employees are driven from domiciles in southern Sweden to various pick-up locations in Malmö and Lund and then taken to Copenhagen Airport. This means the carrier’s home base for personnel is actually Copenhagen Airport and not Malmö.

The Flight Personnel Union believes that the monthly salary at Primera corresponds to about half of that of Danish cabin crew, and in addition there is limited access to sickness pay and no paid holiday.

Last resort
The Flight Personnel Union states in a press release that Primera Air Nordic has refused to enter into dialogue or negotiations with it over terms and so a conflict notice is the last resort.

“What Primera Air Nordic does goes beyond young Romanians, as it also affects Danish-based employees who fear being replaced by cheap labour,” says Anders Mark Jensen, the union’s vice president.

However, as the Ryanair case of 2015, the union wants to ensure that the Labour Court deals first with the legality of a conflict with Primera Air Nordic, so the case has been submitted for now to the Labour Court while simultaneously dispatching the conflict notice. Primera Air says it will issue a press release in response to the notice in due course.

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