Pilots at Norwegian may strike on Monday

Talks begin today between Norwegian and pilots

Talks begin today between Norwegian and its pilots on changes the airline wants to introduce to its employment structure. A deadline has been called for midnight November 3. If no deal is reached, a possible strike date is set for November 4.

The labour group Parat and the Norwegian Pilot Union are calling for a strike by 603 pilots, which would affect bases at Oslo Gardermoen, Stavanger, Bergen, Trondheim, Stockholm and Copenhagen.

The employees want the right to collective wage agreements and equal career opportunities regardless of where they are based, Parat says. They will accept the new structure, expansion plans and modernisation if agreement on these issues is concluded.

Norwegian wants to secure traffic rights needed for international expansion, and it has established two subsidiaries in Norway and one in the European Union. Pilots in Scandinavia will be transferred to the Norwegian operating company; pilots elsewhere will be “offered permanent employment locally in the respective resource companies,” the airline says.


[pictured: Dreamliner interior; courtesy Norwegian]