Airplanes and protests. Consequences at Oslo Airport in the event of a strike next Friday

15095Negotiations between NHO Service (the Norwegian confederation of the industries of services) and Parat have broken down, and if arbitration is unsuccessful, the result will be a strike at Oslo Airport starting from 06:00 hours on Friday, 10 June. If the strike materialises, Oslo Airport will be shut down for all departing passengers effective from 06:00 hours on Friday, 10 June.

Notices of collective work stoppage have been received, and 531 employees/security workers from Nokas Aviation could potentially be taken out on strike. These personnel play key roles in both the security check, baggage facility and other entry points at Oslo Airport.

A notice has already been issued regarding the first round of strikers, in which trade union Parat has taken out 250 security workers at Oslo Airport, 170 of whom work in the security check.

Based on this first wave, 170 fewer employees in the security check will entail very significant capacity reductions of up to 70 per cent for parts of the day. The company expect very high traffic levels on Friday, 10 June – among the highest ever recorded at Oslo airport. A total of 42,200 departing passengers will be subject to the security inspection on this day alone.

Passengers arriving at Oslo Airport who have Oslo as their final destination will not be affected by a potential strike.
A shutdown at Oslo Airport will have major consequence for Norwegian aviation, and cancellations and substantial delays must be expected. Possible strikes have also been reported at several of Avinor’s other airports – to varying degrees. Delays and consequences for travellers are also expected in these other locations.

(Avionews)