Norwegian Air Boeing 787. Photo: Tony Bordelais/Airways

LONDON – According to Norwegian Air’s (DY) Italian unions (Filt CGIL, Fit Cisl and Uiltrasporti), the carrier has entered the liquidation process for NAR Ltd and its Italian subsidiary, NAR Italy.

According to documents brought forward to Airways, unions unexpectedly learned that DY had filed for bankruptcy last week without being informed at the time. The Italian unions also said they were informed that the Irish Court had already proceeded to appoint two bankruptcy trustees in its last meeting held on February 9.

Photo: Alberto Cucini/Airways

Last Meeting

The union documents state that the last meeting was not attended by Norwegian leaders but only by local HR together with lawyers from DY’s Italian consulting firm.

The workers’ group was then told that since February 9, its only interlocutor would be the liquidators appointed by the Irish Court, while its relations with DY management were to be considered terminated.

The representatives of DY’s management did not only inform anyone of the bankruptcy application submission but even deemed it unnecessary to appear at the meeting where DY workers were told that they were now employees of a company for which the bankruptcy was sought for.

As such, DY Italian workers will now have to refer to the Bankruptcy liquidators only. However, the Bankruptcy Liquidators are not known and have not yet made contact with DY’s workers’ HR representatives.

Photo: John Leivaditis/Airways

Statement from the Unions

The Unions said, “We simply asked the company to take advantage of the free welfare tools available in Italy to protect the workers’ salaries in this unprecedented crisis, but they didn’t even bother to show up to the meeting scheduled with Unions.”

“Instead, DY sent its lawyers to inform us that they had already filed for the bankruptcy of the branch on which the Italian workers depend.”

Norwegian Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner G-CKWA at London Gatwick Airport. Photo: Daniel Sander.

The Appeal of DY Unions

In the appeal of the unions, it is stated that Rome Airport (FCO) was not mentioned in the presentation of the management recovery plan. According to the documents, everyone kept silent when no one at the meeting spoke of selling DY flights from their base in Italy.

The unions say they have been patient in social media, using only such hashtags as #RedNoseWarriors after months of hanging on social safety nets to provide for their families. Now, there are only #RedNoseVictims, the unions say.

In January, an important event involved: the announcement of the closure of long-haul operations subsequently led to the request for help from the Norwegian Government, which had reassured the company that it would issue Government aid.

Norwegian Air Boeing 787-9 Leaving off from Rome Fiumicino Intl Airport Photo: Andrea Ongaro

Italian Norwegian Employees Protest

On the 18th of February, at 11:00 local time, the protest of all DY employees based in FCO has been called to be held at the nearby Royal Norwegian Embassy.

Their aim is to raise awareness to the authorities in Norway for them to act as an intermediary for their requests to the company.

Featured image: Norwegian Air Boeing 787. Photo: Tony Bordelais/Airways