Unpaid for two months, Norwegian airline employees demand compensation

Unpaid for two months, Norwegian airline employees demand compensation

March 16, 2020 A Norwegian airline in Stockholm. – NACKSTRAND / AFP

The Norwegian Air Shuttle (NAAS), an unpaid airline, has demanded that 286 French employees begin liquidation proceedings in France to take advantage of the insurance pay guarantee after the Paris branch closes in January. .

Bobigny’s commercial court should consider the advice to appoint a liquidator in France during a hearing on Wednesday, “hence the emergence of a French agent in the context of bankruptcy proceedings affecting Norway,” explains French lawyer Mr Fyodor Rilov. Employees.

“They have to leave their apartment.”

This is because the case is currently pending in Ireland, where the Norwegian Air Resources Limited is based on liquidation. She owns the French branch of the Norwegian Low Coast Company. However, Irish Liquidators “do not give us any documents”, confirms Alexandra Lafarge, UNAC representative (hostess, steward). “Self on CSE [conseil social et économique], We contacted Guaranteed Wages Insurance (AGS), but they do not see the documents and it is very tiring, ”she explains.

286 Norwegian workers (145 pilots, 136 cabin crew, five administrative staff) are waiting for sixty-five days without income. Some “can’t pay the bills anymore, they have to move out of their apartment”, said Damien Qualand, who chose UNAC and is the secretary of CSE. Elected officials say they have informed liquidators and management but “we did not have an emergency meeting to deal with these psychosocial hazards,” Damien Qualand was surprised.

About 8 8 million in aid from the French state

Since February, employees have not received any news from their director of human resources. For Mr. Rilov, the hope is to start a parallel liquidation process in France with a French agent, “a little more careful and take action than the Irish liquidator, so that the AGS will intervene and guarantee a reward.” Another procedure was initiated in the summary proceedings for obtaining from the Irish liquidator, “the salary claims are recorded and sent to the AGS, after which there is a legal obligation to proceed with the amounts corresponding to these claims”, the lawyer explains.

Arguments for these procedures will also be scheduled for Wednesday in Bobigny. Meanwhile, elected officials confirm that Labor Minister Elizabeth Bourne and Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djibouti will contact Ireland and Norway on April 14 to resolve the issue. The unions say the Norwegian has received 8 8 million in aid from the French state in the wake of domestic unemployment.



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