More passengers stranded as Norwegian strike talks fail

Union says there is “nothing new” in most recent proposal
Hopes of a deal to end the damaging pilots’ strike at Norwegian have ended in disappointment, with the result that another 20,000 passengers across Scandinavia will have their flights disrupted today.
Norwegian said it presented a new proposal to unions on Monday night, but this was rejected early on Tuesday morning with the Parat union commenting it was “nothing new”.
Also on Monday, Norwegian angered unions by trying to switch from two-way talks to a formal arbitration process. Unions said that by talking of arbitration, Norwegian was implying that it viewed the talks as primarily about wages, which they said it is not.
The strike has hit at least 150,000 passengers since it started on February 28, following the breakdown of three months of talks. More than 700 pilots are participating in the strike. Norwegian has temporarily laid off around 800 cabin crew without pay.
The Local
[photo courtesy Norwegian]