The airline Norwegian has decided to begin a process of suspension of contracts and reduction of working hours of its workers in Palma de Mallorca after not having reached an agreement with the unions on their transfer to bases located in the Peninsula, as reported by the company in a statement.
On February 8, the company began a mandatory consultation period for the collective procedure of geographical mobility that will affect the 375 workers (124 pilots and 251 flight attendants) of the three island bases that Norwegian will close (Palma de Mallorca, Gran Canaria and Tenerife).
The company has assured this Monday that the Spanish Union of Pilots of Lines Areas (Sepla) and the union section of cabin crew of passengers (TCP) of USO have not accepted the last offer that put on the table, which included the maintenance of all the jobs in exchange for the transfer to operational bases in the Peninsula plus a sum in compensation for the cost of the transfer.
«We have no alternative but to communicate to USO unions and Sepla our intention to initiate a collective procedure of suspension of contracts and reduction of working hours of our crew (both pilots and TCP) of our operational base in Palma,» said a spokesman of the company.
The contracts will be suspended during the second week of April and for a period that can be extended up to a full year, although Norwegian has assured that it is a «temporary measure».
This procedure is part of the negotiation that is being carried out with the union representatives of the workers of the base of Palma de Mallorca and does not affect the employees of Tenerife and Gran Canaria.
«The contracts will not be rescinded, but will only be put on hold, and therefore, after the period of suspension, they will be reinstated to their jobs under the same conditions that were applied before the collective procedure,» he underlined. the company.
Last January, the Scandinavian low cost airline announced a cost reduction plan that included the closure of its island bases, as well as the cancellation of the Tenerife South-Rome route and capacity reductions in some other routes.