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Pilots refuse overtime, shift swaps over failed wage talks

The ban on overtime work and shift swaps by Nordic Regional Airlines pilots could result in domestic flight cancellations.

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Pilots working for Nordic Regional Airlines (NORRA) have embarked on industrial action following failed negotiations on new work contracts.

The regional airline is jointly owned by national carrier Finnair and Danish Air Transport and was formerly known as Flybe Finland.

Starting from midnight on Sunday, pilots have been refusing overtime work or shift swaps. According to the Finnair communications team, in the event of sudden cases of illness, the labour restrictions could result in flight cancellations if the airline is not able to organise sick cover.

However Finnair stressed that it would be difficult to speculate on the full impact of the pilot’s industrial action.

The work restrictions will continue until further notice and affects some 250 pilots working for NORRA.

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