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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Opposition to Norwegian airline plans to use Ireland as base

Norwegian Airlines

A North American airline pilot union has stepped up pressure on officials in Oslo in its effort to block plans by airline Norwegian to use Ireland as the base for its long-haul services.

Airline Pilots’ Association International – the world’s largest pilot union which represents 50,000 members in the US and Canada – has insisted the efforts by Norwegian to base its long-haul operation in Ireland will give it an unfair economic advantage over rivals in Europe and the United States.

Norwegian is controversially basing its long-haul services to the US and Asia out of Ireland in order to bypass rules in its home country that would prevent it from hiring cheaper Thai staff and to avoid other tougher labour rules.

"This setup will deny the workers their fundamental rights, the freedom to assemble, the freedom to collectively bargain," claimed Lee Moak, the president of the Airline Pilots’ Association International after meeting officials in Oslo.

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