Last: Mediator Carl Petter Martinsen states shortly after 6pm on Friday evening that the parties are still at odds.
– We will continue to mediate throughout the evening, says Martinsen.
If the parties do not reach an agreement by midnight, some SAS, Norwegian and Widerøe departures face several cancellations and a complete stoppage of air traffic.
At 10 o’clock the parties met in Riksmekleren.
– This is a three-part requirement. Salary, health requirements and which members we have the right to negotiate have been established for employees who work harder shifts. The other party loses the right to negotiate from certain members who previously had this right. This is union busting, says NFO head Jan Skogseth.
The strike affects aircraft technicians at Norwegian, SAS and Widerøe.
Reports an escalation
– Babcock, which operates air ambulances in Norway, has not been withdrawn because they do not want to affect the health system and patient transport at this time, says Skogseth.
As of yesterday evening, 31 aircraft technicians have announced their resignations.
There have also been reports of escalation of the strike since June 20. Then 75 new members are taken out to strike.
This corresponds to roughly a quarter of aircraft technicians.
The aircraft is certified by aircraft technicians and if the aircraft is not certified or approved, the departure must be cancelled.
– This certificate is called a CRS (Certificate of Release to Service) and airlines cannot issue it until it is approved by technicians holding such a maintenance license and type rating on behalf of an authorized maintenance organization, says Skogseth.
This means that Norwegian, SAS and Widerøe flights may be canceled as early as tomorrow morning.
– How big is the difference between the parties before sitting down at the negotiating table?
– The parties are far apart and the probability of a strike is inevitable, says Jan Skogseth, head of the Norwegian Aviation Engineers Organization.
The deadline for the agreement is therefore midnight.