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Factsheet for measure FI-2020-42/1336 – measures in Finland
|Country||Finland , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 13 October 2020|
Reorientation of business activities
– Change of production/innovation
|Author||Amanda Kinnunen (Oxford Research) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||27 October 2020 (updated 13 May 2021)|
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the travel restrictions, the volume of passengers has dropped significantly. These restrictions have had a significant impact on the turnover of the Finnish passenger airline Finnair. For instance, in September 2020 the number of passengers using Finnish passenger airline Finnair dropped by 91% in comparison to 2019. As a result of this, Finnair Kitchen, a company preparing meals for the flights has had to temporarily lay-off 500 employees.
Finnair has been active in terms of finding ways to compensate for the losses. In October 2020 they announced that they will bring pre-cooked meals to the shelves of the K-group, one of the largest grocery store chains in Finland.
The company continues to use their own facilities located in the capital region. As a result of the pilot, they have been able to offer work for 10 of the temporarily laid off employees. If the pilot expands to other locations, the employment effect could increase.
The initiative started in mid-October 2020 when Finnair Kitchen started to sell pre-cooked meals in a grocery store located in the capital area. Finnair Kitchen seeks to expand and start delivering for other grocery stores of the K-group. The meals sold at the grocery stores are similar to those usually offered for passengers travelling in business class.
This initiative has been welcomed warmly by the customers of the grocery store – the precooked meals are one of the most popular products sold at the supermarket. Many customers want to support Finnair by buying these the meals prepared by Finnair Kitchen.
In the middle of October 2020, Finnair Kitchen was able to offer work for 10 out of 500 employees as a result of this initiative.
|Applies to all workers||
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement as case not in social partner domain||No involvement as case not in social partner domain|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
No information available.
No information available.
This case is sector-specific (only private sector)
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|H - Transportation And Storage||H51 Air transport|
This case is occupation-specific
|Occupation (ISCO level 2)|
|Food processing, wood working, garment and other craft and related trades workers|
Eurofound (2020), Passenger airline Finnair sells pre-cooked meals in Finnish supermarkets, measure FI-2020-42/1336 (measures in Finland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/FI-2020-42_1336.html
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