Finnair warns of flight cancellations amid upcoming strike

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Finnair said on Friday a strike planned by several Finnish trade unions on Feb. 1-2 would have a “significant impact” on the airline’s operations and result in flight cancellations.

Finnish unions have protested in recent months against the right-wing government’s plan to favour local work agreements over centralised bargains, limit political strikes and make it easier to terminate work contracts.

“The Government is intending to diminish employee security, weaken the applicability of collective agreements and limit employees’ right to strike,” said interim president Hakon Ekstrom of one of the striking unions, JHL, in a statement.

Finnair has some 60,000 customers on the two days and would start making cancellations once the effects of the strike were clearer, it said in a statement.

“It is clear that the strike will cause flight cancellations,” said Vice President of Operations Control Jari Paajanen.

(Reporting by Stine Jacobsen, editing by Terje Solsvik)