Just two weeks after resolving industrial action by aircrew, Finnair has been hit by another strike.
December 1: Just two weeks after resolving industrial action by aircrew, Finnair has been hit by a strike by ground handling staff, resulting in the cancellation of many flights.
The walk-out coincided with the airline releasing a statement saying that its ground handling business company Northport had agreed to transfer its baggage and apron services at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport to the Barona Group, affecting about 490 employees.
“Instead of part-time work, Barona will be able to offer more full-time work at the airport and its vicinity,” said Finnair’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer Lasse Heinonen. “Northport has been loss-making for years.”
In addition the warehouse activities of Finnair Cargo Terminal Operations at Helsinki-Vantaa have been transferred to Suomen Transval Oy, affecting 130 workers. “The new operators will offer employees more flexible and diverse work,” added Heinonen. “We are seeking for more efficiency for our business. By creating strategic partnerships we can change our fixed costs into variable costs and focus on core business.”
Tuesday’s strike led to 35 flights being cancelled, delaying 4,000 passengers, said the airline.