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Air traffic controllers’ work stoppage will not affect air traffic

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Finnish Air Traffic Controllers Association FATCA r.y. has announced a work stoppage on Friday 4 January 2019. The work stoppage will begin at 3 p.m. and last for two hours ending at 5 p.m.

The work stoppage will have no effect on air traffic because air navigation duties will be carried out by ANS Finland’s supervisors during the stoppage.

According to the announcement by FATCA, the industrial action will continue every Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. until an agreement is reached in the negotiations. The industrial action taking place every Thursday has no effect on passengers.

-    “Safe, well-functioning and reliable air traffic is crucial to Finland and its economic life. ANS Finland is prepared to ensure that air navigation services will continue uninterrupted and be available at all times, as these services are of vital importance to Finnish society. We have made suggestions in accordance with the general policy and we are prepared to negotiate with an open mind. We sincerely hope that a responsible solution can be found soon,” says CEO Raine Luojus of ANS Finland.

Background

The validity of the collective labour agreement concerning air traffic controllers between Service Sector Employers Palta and the Finnish Air Traffic Controllers Association FATCA r.y. ended on 30 November 2017. The FATCA ban on overtime and switching shifts concerning its members has been in force since February 2018.

Negotiations for a new agreement have been ongoing since October 2017. Several suggestions in accordance with the general policy have been presented to FATCA. Mediation meetings at the National Conciliator's Office were begun on Friday 28 December 2018.

ANS Finland employs about 290 air traffic controllers, 210 of which are FATCA members.

For additional information on the negotiations, please see: www.palta.fi
For information on air traffic departure and arrival times, please see Finavia’s online service: www.finavia.fi.