Wizz Air rejects criticism from Norway, says it doesn’t prohibit workers from organizing

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In an email from Wizz Air’s HR director Johan Eidhagen to newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN), the company emphasizes that the airline does not prohibit its employees from organizing. 

However, Wizz Air notes that the company has a different approach to listening to employees’ opinions.

“Wizz Air advocates an open culture, where we encourage employees to speak out and tell management about their opinions and views,” Eidhagen wrote in the email to DN.

He noted that the company has, among other things, established a “people’s council,” where employee representatives regularly share their views with the management. 

He further pointed out that the company gives all its employees contracts that comply with local employment laws.

PM Solberg supports Wizz Air boycott 

Earlier on Wednesday, Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) made it clear that Wizz Air can not deny employees the right to organize. 

Furthermore, she openly supported the boycott of the company.

“I will not fly with a company that refuses workers (the right) to organize,” Solberg said on Wednesday.

“In the same way that I have never flown with Ryanair. Because ten years ago, I said that it was unacceptable for me to travel with airlines that do not have proper and tidy working conditions for their employees,” she continued.

Solberg made it clear that Wizz Air cannot refuse employees the right to organize according to Norwegian law.

LO boycott

The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) union Industri Energi is behind the call for a boycott of the Hungarian low-cost company.

“When Wizz Air slams the door on the trade union movement and a decent organized working life, we slam the door on them,” the union’s leader Frode Alfheim told newspaper VG this weekend.

The backdrop is a statement from Wizz Air CEO József Váradi that Wizz Air “is an airline without unions.” 

The statement was made when the company presented its plans for new domestic routes in Norway.

These are outrageous statements, Labor Party (AP) leader Jonas Gahr Støre said on Wednesday.

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