Finnair begins consultations with cabin attendants

Finnair is starting consultations with its cabin attendants on the company’s plans to use subcontracted cabin crew on its Barcelona and Madrid routes as well as on charter flights to the Canary Islands. According to the plan, these routes would be operated so that the cabin crew is based in Spain. In addition, Finnair plans to make changes in the composition of cabin crew so that a part of the crew on its New York route and on charter flights to Asia would be hired locally, in a similar way as on Finnair’s scheduled Asian routes. If implemented, these plans could result in a reduction of approximately 100 cabin attendants from the Finnair workforce. The planned actions are a part of Finnair’s €140m savings program aimed at restoring Finnair’s competitiveness and ensuring the company has a viable future. The reductions would be implemented with temporary layoffs during 2013, and possible redundancies would be implemented earliest in 2014, after the protection from redundancies in the current collective labor agreement with cabin attendants ends.

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