Finland - Flight attendants’ strike ends after tough negotiations - December 10, 2010

After a dispute for over a week, grounding many flights, negotiations between Finnair management and the Finnish Cabin Crew Union (SLSY) resulted in an agreement based on a new wage deal proposal made by the state mediator Esa Lonka. Details were not yet revealed. At times, negotiations were turbulent. Sources close to the talks say Finnair threatened employees with redundancies and a breakup of the company, which was confirmed by Thelma Åkers, president of SLSY. In her view, the threat of redundancies appeared real and did have an effect on the final outcome (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 November 2010).

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This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) You may find further information on the ETUI at, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.


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