800 Norwegian staff "will be sent home without pay"

The airline Norwegian will send 800 of its cabin crew staff home without pay from Wednesday onwards, unless the pilot strike is ended before then, the tabloid Aftonbladet reports.

Approximately 70 of the airline's pilots who are based in Norway have been on strike since Saturday. The dispute is over pay and conditions, and the pilots are demanding a collective bargaining agreement with the mother company, instead of the subsidiary with which they are employed. The union previously announced that all of their 650 Scandinavian pilots will go on strike on Wednesday evening.

"Basically, all pilots who normally fly out of Stockholm Arlanda for Norwegian will then be on strike," Martin Lindgren, chairman of the Swedish Pilot Association told Aftonbladet.

Charlotte Holmbergh Jacobsson, information officer with Norwegian told TT that if the strike grows, they will have to send home members of the cabin crew as well. She claimed this would not be a way to try to pressure the pilots to end their strike.

"It is really upsetting. This is supposed to be a team, but all colleagues end up being punished," Holmbergh Jacobsson told TT.