Norway - Unions still clash with Norwegian Air - August 31, 2017

Trade union opposition to Norwegian Air International continues. From the moment that the Scandinavian-owned, Irish-registered carrier sought permission to fly to the US, organisations representing aviation pilots and air crew on both sides of the Atlantic, have been claiming that it was bad news for aviation workers. While it now has its foreign air carrier’s permit and began flying from Ireland to the US on July 2017, the unions are still bidding to turn the clock back. They have filed a petition with the federal court in Washington arguing that the US Department of Transportation was wrong to grant the airline permission in the first place. Their case is partly based on Article 17 of the EU-US Air Transport Agreement, which the unions say is meant to ensure that competition in aviation does not undermine workers’ pay and conditions.

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