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LAAF Cabin Crew Union resolves dispute with airBaltic
5 December 2011
Mid-November, the ETF received the information from LAAF Latvian Cabin Crew Union about the struggle of the airBaltic workers facing layoffs and intimidations by the air company due to alleged financial difficulties airBaltic is currently experiencing. The ETF affiliated union explained that the company dismissed non-unionised cabin crew and temporarily discharged union members from their formal duties in airBaltic, among them the deputy chairman of the union board. The company also invoked shortage of workforce to cancel crewmembers’ Christmas holidays.
In order to encourage the union members in finding an acceptable solution to this dispute, the Chairman of the LAAF Cabin Crew Board asked, among others, the ETF for expressing moral support by sending solidarity letters to the union, which was followed-up by the ETF and many ETF affiliates. Last week, on 30 November, the ETF was notified about the positive outcome of the negotiations between airBaltic and LAAF Cabin Crew Union and about the reinstallment of all grounded union members to full duty.
In response to the ETF protest letter, sent to the management of airBaltic on 23 November and downloadable under related documents, the ETF received a letter from Mr Gauss, CEO and Chairman of the airBaltic Board, expressing his gratitude towards the LAAF Cabin Crew Union for “the very professional and fruitful cooperation during all this emotionally damaging process” and his believe in “continuous Union’s input into future efficiency and well-being of airBaltic”. The ETF hereby wants to thank LAAF Cabin Crew Union in resolving this dispute so quickly in a constructive and respectful way, and also want to thank all ETF affiliates for expressing their support by sending solidarity letters.
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