Estonian Air manages to postpone potentially fatal pilots’ strike

07.01.2013, 10:39

Following negotiations with the executives of Estonian Air, the Estonian Airline Pilots Association announced in the afternoon of January 6 that it will postpone its planned strike by one day.

The trade union said that it had reached a preliminary agreement with the airline’s management on the terms of a new collective agreement, but added that a strike would commence on Tuesday, January 8, if a new collective agreement has not been signed by then.

The union said on Sunday that it wished to refrain from causing further economic harm to the troubled airline.

The strike was set to begin at 5.30 am today.

Estonian Air spokeswoman Ilona Eskelinen said that the Estonian Air supervisory board was set to meet today afternoon to discuss the collective agreement.

According to Eskelinen, all flights were on schedule and that passengers should not be concerned over their travel plans.

Before Estonian Air can sign a collective agreement with the trade unions, the airline’s supervisory board needs to approve its first.