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Finland: ground crew strikes on Mar 3, 6, 10, 14

Prepare for security check and flight delays: Airport strike begins Friday. Other dates: Mar 6, 10, 14.


Ground crew and security control staff will stage a walkout from 2-7 pm on March 3 at the Helsinki Airport, causing delays. Airport staff advise passengers to arrive 2-3 hours early.


Air traffic employees will stage a walkout on March 3 at the Helsinki Airport starting at 2 pm and ending at 7 pm. The strike will affect airport security control and ground handling, especially on flights by Norwegian.


The labour dispute between the Finnish Aviation Labour Union (IAU) and the Association of Service Sector Employers Palta is about the wages and benefits of Airpro employees.


Ground handling includes such things as aircraft de-icing, luggage handling, check-in and gate operations, but Heini Noronen-Juhola, deputy director of the Helsinki Airport, says that security control situation will be the biggest challenge.


“We have discussed the issues with the service providers and we hope to devote plenty of resources to the security control lines, but even so, there will probably be delays. We ask passengers to reserve enough time and come to the airport well in advance,” she says.


Negotiations between the disputing parties will continue through the weekend, but there is a chance that the strike will continue on later dates as well.


On Monday March 6, the industrial action might include also air traffic at some other airports in Finland.


On March 10 and 14, the strikes would include air traffic at the airports in Helsinki, Oulu, Vaasa, Tampere and Turku, as well as separate charter flights at Rovaniemi and Kittilä airports.