Finland’s national carrier Finnair’s plan to replace part of its cabin crew with cheaper Asian labor have been delayed due to problems with work permits. Finnair recruits the Asian personnel through the Norwegian company OSM aviation.
Finnish national broadcaster YLE quotes South China Morning Post for saying that around 80 cabin attendants recruited to work on Finnair’s Hong Kong and Singapore routes have been told to start looking for employment elsewhere.
This in spite of the fact that the recruits have already received some six weeks’ training in Helsinki and were due to take up their positions in mid-January.
Norwegian company OSM Aviation is quoted for saying that it had not yet been able to secure work permits for the contracted cabin staff from Finland’s Ministry of Employment and the Economy, but believed that the permits would be granted in the coming weeks.
Full story: YLE.FI