Norway - Court decides on employer-employee relationship at Norwegian - August 31, 2016

A District Court has given pilots and cabin crew a legal victory by upholding their claim that Norwegian Air Shuttle is their true employer. The pilots and cabin crew sued the airline because they believe that the parent company Norwegian Air Shuttle (NAS) - and not one of its subsidiaries - is their actual employer. The employees also contended that the company has entered illegal labour contracts. The court verdict sided with their claim and ruled that NAS is the employees’ true employer and that Norwegian has engaged in illegal hiring practises. The Parat trade union said the decision is very important for the future organisation of the labour market as it puts an end to business models, which are solely intended to undermine workers’ rights and preventing the Working Environment protection provisions.


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