Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Damn Strike

Finnair strike, that is! Finnair happens to be the only airline that flies directly from New York to Helsinki. Direct flights are absolutely essential when flying with an infant and a two year old - and because of the strike there are no direct flights to Helsinki now. I was supposed to fly with the smaller girls on Monday, then on Wednesday.. The strike has extended longer than anybody thought that it would, and there is no end in sight. In principle I am always sympathetic to the workers, in this case the Finnair stewardesses, and I am furious and mad as hell at the Finnair bosses for letting the strike continue so long. Finnair is bleeding money as the strike continues and the workers are not getting paid. Where is the sense of that??? Both sides are giving inflammatory comments to press, the stewardess union blaming Finnair of lying to the media and the bosses saying that they will fire everyone and outsource the whole crew. Not a good sign for a speedy solution. I will keep my fingers crossed anyway and hoping to fly via London on Thursday, regardless of the added inconvenience of the connection (I may need some major retail therapy once this nightmare is over...).

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