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Aviation workers extend support to Posti strike

21 Nov 2019, 00:50 ( 20 days ago) | updated: 21 Nov 2019, 09:21 ( 20 days ago)

DF Report
Press Release Photo by Finavia.

The Finnish Aviation Union (IAU) has called a sympathy strike in support of the ongoing national postal workers’ strike, if the issue is not settled in time.

The strike is scheduled to start on November 25 at 3:00am and end on November 26 at 3:00am, which is feared to delay flight schedules, said a Finavia press release on Wednesday.

The sympathy strikes concerning air traffic operations are planned for Monday 25 November and, if realised, their effects would be felt in air traffic the following day as well.

Finavia is currently investigating how the sympathy strikes would affect different air traffic functions in practice.

‘This release will be updated with any new information about the situation,’ said Finavia.

The authoritiess also requested the passengers to monitor communication by their respective airline or travel agent.

The sympathy strikes will most likely also affect public bus transportation in the Helsinki region.

However, train traffic is expected to function normally.

Earlier, on Monday the Transport Workers’ Union AKT has also announced its intent to support PAU with a sympathy strike. So AKT members working at the airport will be on strike as well.

The Finnish Postal and Logistics Union (PAU) has launched the strike across the country from November 11 morning and is scheduled to continue till December 8.

PAU’s strike has made mail delivery very difficult across Finland.

The reason for the strike is the employer’s decision to force some 700 Posti employees into another collective agreement.

Talks aimed at ending the strike launched by Finnish postal workers have failed on Tuesday, as the postal workers’ union rejected a proposal by Finland’s National Labour Conciliator Vuokko Piekkala.