Norwegian Strike Over

Norwegian Air Shuttle and its pilots in Norway, Sweden and Denmark reached an agreement on Tuesday evening to end the strike that lasted for 11 days and affected more than 200,000 passengers according to the company.

Norwegian Strike Over

The pilots will receive 3 year job guarantee, forgo some insurance benefits and have agreed to more flexible scheduling.

Here’s from the company’s press release what the airline and pilots agreed to:

  • A guarantee of employment for three years for all pilots in Scandinavia(i.e. a guarantee against downsizing in the pilot companies)
  • Master seniority list for all pilots based in Europe
  • No additional salary increase during 2015
  • A minimum of 184 days off per year (almost the same as today)
  • Marginal  changes in working hours and flexibility
  • Pension: Contributory pension (innskuddspensjon), including benefit pension scheme      (ytelsespensjon) for those who have 15 years or less left until retirement (65 years)
  • A Loss of License insurance of 30G; a tax-free payment of approximately 2.65 million NOK
  • Joint negotiation for the Norwegian, Swedish and Danish pilots

Conclusion

It will be probably until Thursday before the airline is able to operate its normal schedule due to planes, pilots and flight attendants being in “wrong” places.

I have flown with Norwegian probably three times within Scandinavia and overall been satisfied with the service received.

I cannot, however, agree with the “games” that the airline is playing with its crews and long-haul flights. Norwegian is trying to ramp up its Atlantic flying using an airline based in Ireland that uses cockpit and cabin crew hired in Asia.

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