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Air cabin crew strikes cancelled; ground services walkouts still loom

Ground operations at Finnish airports may still be disrupted on two days next week despite Tuesday's resolution of another labour dispute in the aviation sector.

TUI-lentoyhtiön Boeing 737-800 -kone Kittilän lentokentällä.
An Airpro staffer at Kittilä Airport in Finnish Lapland. Image: Frank Sorge / imago / AOP

A threatened strike by airplane cabin crew has been cancelled, but a labour dispute with aviation ground crew has not been resolved. The flight attendants' walkout would have begun next weekend.

The Trade Union Pro and the Service Sector Employers' group Palta on Tuesday approved a compromise proposal put forth by state labour conciliator Minna Helle.

The strike by cabin crew working for Airpro would have affected leisure flights by the Thomas Cook and Tui Fly travel agencies on March 5-6 and March 12-13.

"We're pleased with the overall solution, which includes an ongoing negotiation process to further improve the terms and conditions of employment for cabin crew during this contract period," said Else-Mai Kirvesniemi of Pro in a statement.

Security and baggage disruptions possible next week

Meanwhile a dispute between Palta and the Finnish Aviation Union (IAU) remains unresolved. The two parties return to the bargaining table on Wednesday.

The IAU is threatening two strikes by Airpro's security checking and baggage handling staff, with the first next Monday morning, March 6, and the second on the following Friday evening, March 10.

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