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90 Finnair flights cancelled due to strike

Published : 16 Mar 2017, 22:34

Updated : 18 Mar 2017, 00:53

  DF Report
Helsinki Airport. Photo Finavia.

National flag carrier Finnair cancelled 90 of its local and domestic flights scheduled for Friday as the airports ground and security workers decided to observe a four-hour strike at the Helsinki airport again.

The strike will begin at 3.00pm and will continue till 7.00pm will also affect flight operation of several airlines, according to Finavia, the company which operates airports in the country.

This strike is caused by the service company Airpro’s new general agreement, which came into force on February 1, in adherence to the Competitiveness Pact.

It is related to the dispute between the Finnish Aviation Union and the service sector employer union Palta about labour agreements in Airpro Oy.

The agreement exists between labour unions JHL and Pardia, and is legally binding for IAU members. IAU was previously a party to the Airpro agreement. It, however, seceded from the Competitiveness Solution and is demanding better benefits for its members.

Flight cancellations and other changes will be updated on the website of Finavia and the airlines authority will communicate directly with text messages and email to customers whose flights are impacted.

The Airlines authority also urged the passengers to come early to the airport on Friday.

The employees also announced to go for strike from 2.00 pm to 6.00pm everyday from March 22 to March 24, if the stalemate situation is not resolved, sources said.