3-Dec-2010 10:38 AM

Finnair flight attendant strike continues

Finnair expects to operate 40% of regular passenger traffic in coming days as it has been seeing some cabin crew return from strike action. Finnair operated approximately 30% of its flight schedule on 02-Dec-2010, and plans to increase it to 35% on 03-Dec-2010. The dispute, with members of the cabin crew union SLSY, is over the airline’s plan to cut rest time between long-haul services from 36 hours to 24 hours (Reuters/ABTN/YLE, 02-Nov-2010). The union began a strike over a wage deal on 30-Dec-2010, forcing the carrier to cancel more than 500 flights so far. If no deal is reached by next week, the Finnish Post and Logistics Union PAU plan to stop handling foreign mail at Helsinki Airport and the Transport Union will stop providing fuel for Finnair aircraft. The Aviation Union (IAU) says Finnair has threatened to suspend salary payments of some staff members if the strike continues. [more - Finavia]

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