Pilots’ union set to start protest action against Wizz Air on Thursday: “They don’t respect human rights”

Wizz AirPhoto: Patrick Pleul / DPA / NTB
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Wizz Air is launching daily domestic flights in Norway on Thursday, November 5. On the same day, the Pilot Association and the Cabin association unions in Parat will launch an awareness action.

The unions plan to inform people at the airports in Oslo, Trondheim, Bergen, Stavanger, and Bodø about the consequences of using Wizz Air’s services.

The leader of the Pilot Association, Oddbjørn Holsether, thinks many people only see low prices and forget what these prices cost employees – in the form of poor working conditions.

“The company claims that employees can choose for themselves, but the truth is that Wizz Air does not allow employees to organize (editor’s note: in the form of unions). 

“The truth is also that the company has been convicted of persecuting and threatening employees who have tried to organize,” Holseter noted.

Violation of human rights

He also says Norway has a high standard of living due to good cooperation between the authorities, employers, and employees.

“Tripartite cooperation is something we are proud of in Norway and is highlighted by many as the most important reason for our prosperity. 

“The Norwegian people can now use their power as consumers to reject actors who conduct dumping and challenge this model. 

“This is an employer that does not respect basic human rights,” Holseter said.

He also noted that Wiss Air violates the right to freedom of association in multiple areas.

Parat has contacted the police

Holsether says Parat has extensive experience with companies such as Wizz Air, and has now asked the police to investigate whether employees in the company meet the conditions in the Immigration Act section 117 and the Immigration Regulations section 19-22.

“In order to stay in the country, Norwegian law requires that you must have a minimum income. These employees do not have it today. 

“We have previously taken Ryanair to the Norwegian Supreme Court twice and won,” he concluded.

Source: Parat / NTB / Norway Today

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