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Finland: aviation workers threaten strike Feb 17 (talks ongoing)

Aviation workers could strike at start of winter school holiday in Finland

Norwegian airline and the travel agencies TUI and Tjäreborg may be hit by a workers’ strike during Finland’s school winter vacation week, which could affect travellers for days. Many schools in Finland close for the week starting on February 20.

The Trade Union Pro, which represents private sector workers, and the aviation workers union IAU are threatening to strike on February 17 – if a collective bargaining agreement with the firm Airpro is not reached by that date.


TUI and Tjäreborg outsource their cabin personnel, security workers and ground staff from Airpro, which is owned outright by Finavia, Finland’s state-owned airport maintenance firm. Norwegian uses ground services provided by the company.


If an agreement is not reached by February 17, security workers plan to strike between 2 and 6 pm that day. Other travel services would be affected between the hours of 3 to 7 pm, and airport hall services would be affected between 4 to 7 pm.


If the strike takes place, Airpro cabin crew on TUI and Tjäreborg would strike for 23 hours – starting at midnight Sunday, February 19 until 11 pm the next day.