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Major aviation strike averted

The large-scale strike by aviation industry workers that threatened to cripple most of Finland’s air traffic has been averted, after cabin crew and the Aviation Union reached agreement with Finnair on collective agreements. Catering company LSG rejected the National Conciliator’s compromise proposal, however, which may lead to smaller strikes next week.

Esa Lonka ja Tuomas Aarto kättelevät valtakunnansovittelijan toimistolla.
Valtakunnansovittelija Esa Lonka kätteli Palvelualan työnantajaliiton Paltan varatoimitusjohtaja Tuomas Aartoa saatuaan sovinnon Ilmailualan unionille Helsingissä perjantaina. Image: Lehtikuva

The Finnish Cabin Crew Union SLSY and Finnish Aviation Union IAU have reached agreement in the industrial dispute with Finnair. The parties accepted the compromise proposal that National Conciliator Esa Lonka handed out late last night.

Lonka’s proposal concerned collective agreements for Finnair and Blue1 cabin crew and airport workers represented by IAU.

Lonka also made a compromise proposal to LSG Sky Chefs, which looks after Finnair’s catering, but this was rejected by the company. 

Soon after SLSY and IAU announced their agreement, they said the unions may stage strikes in support of LSG, until the catering company’s dispute is settled.

The parties were last night given a deadline of 10 am to respond to the proposal, but this was extended by half an hour.

In preparation of a massive strike, Finnair has cancelled over 110 of its Friday flights. According to the company, these remain grounded even in the case of the strike being called off.

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