Norwegian faces possible cabin crew action

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Norwegian could be hit by industrial action after failing to reach agreement with the Parat union over a new collective deal covering cabin crew in Norway and Denmark.

The union is demanding the airline sign a collective labour agreement with 1,300 cabin crew members rather than negotiating separate agreements with those based in Denmark and Norway.

On 28 March, Norwegian established two new cabin crew companies – Cabin Services Norway and Cabin Services Denmark – and Parat says the airline subsequently refused to bargain collectively over pensions and working hours.

The union does not need to ballot members and is now considering serving the low-cost carrier with a strike notice, at which point the Norwegian government’s industrial mediator would become involved.

Norwegian says it will not be commenting on the matter until negotiations are resumed.