Former Estonian Air employees turn to court
Former employees of the bankrupt national carrier Estonian Air turned to court in the matter of their representation on the bankruptcy committee, the Baltic News Service reported on Thursday. The Estonian Air Line Pilots Association won’t accept representation by Tallinna Lennujaama AS, itself a state-owned business.
On 15 January this year the first general meeting of the creditors of Estonian Air took place, where creditors elected a bankruptcy committee. Former employees of Estonian Air contest the result of the election, and they now turned to court to have it declared void.
According to Helen Reinhold of the ELA, the former Estonian Air employees find that all the five people elected to the bankruptcy committee are directly or indirectly connected to the state, and that because of this smaller creditors are underrepresented.
Last week the Harju County Court accepted the statement of claim from Reinhold. The court will hear the matter on 14 March.
Ulla Saar, head of the bankruptcy committee and representative of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, said that in spite of accusations made by the Air Line Pilots Association the interests of all creditors were represented.
The former Estonian Air employees don’t accept representation by Tallinna Lennujaama AS, the company that operates Tallinn Airport. It is itself a state-owned business, which the ELA think makes for a massive overrepresentation of the interests of the government.
Saar told the Baltic News Service on Thursday that although Tallinna Lennujaama AS was owned by the state, this didn't mean that its representative would only represent the interests of the company. She added that by to law all members of the bankruptcy committee had to defend the interests of all creditors, not just the creditors who set up their candidacy.