June 13, 2018 / 10:01 AM / 4 months ago

Norway faces possible aviation strikes after pay talks break down

OSLO, June 13 (Reuters) - Norway could see strikes by aviation workers this summer after a breakdown in talks between unionised airport staff and employer union Spekter, meaning possible disruptions for airlines including Norwegian Air and SAS.

Pay negotiations broke off on June 12 between labour union LO Stat members at state-run airlines operator Avinor and Spekter, LO Stat said in a news release.

Avinor operates 45 state-owned airports and civil aviation security services in Norway.

“Now the negotiations will go to mediation. At its core the battle is about pensions,” LO Stat said.

It will take at least 14 days before mediation starts, Lise Olsen, negotiator for LO Stat, told Reuters.

No decision has been taken on when a potential strike could start nor on how many employees might take part.

LO Stat represents 1,100 of Avinor’s approximately 3,200 employees. About 400 members of labour union YS at Avinor have also broken off negotiations while the rest of Avinor’s workforce have come to an agreement.

Norwegian Air and SAS are the biggest airlines operating in Norway. (Reporting by Ole Petter Skonnord; editing by Jason Neely)

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