Airline pilots warn of potential strike from late June

Airline pilots warn of potential strike from late June

Airline pilots warn of potential strike from late June

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  • SAS pilots in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden could go on strike as early as late June.
  • Strike is over wage disputes and cost-cutting measures at the struggling Nordic carrier.
  • SAS has already cancelled many flights ahead of the busy summer season.
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SAS pilots in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden could go on strike as early as late June over wage disputes and cost-cutting measures at the struggling Nordic carrier, according to labour organisations, prompting a stern reprimand from the firm.

Henrik Thyregod, the leader of the Danish Pilot Union, said in a statement on Thursday that “we have been discussing for months without being able to agree.”

 

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“We’ve gone to considerable measures to assist SAS, and we’ve granted them significant discounts.” “However, we cannot agree to deteriorations (or wage cuts) of more than 30 percent, as SAS asks,” he stated.

Unions and management have been in talks since November, and the airline’s collective bargaining agreement with the SAS Pilot Group union ended on April 1.
If no deal can be reached, Danish pilots could go on strike as early as June 24, but they would most likely wait until June 29, when Swedish pilots can strike at the earliest, according to local regulations, according to Danish top negotiator Keld Baekkelund.

The revelation comes at a difficult moment for SAS, which is attempting to restructure its business by making significant cost cuts, raising fresh capital, and converting debt to equity as part of a plan to save the airline from bankruptcy.

“We believe this is completely outrageous and shocking, and it demonstrates a lack of understanding,” an SAS spokesperson said, adding that the company was still hoping for a peaceful resolution.

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“However, simply delivering the signal by giving warning is quite regrettable,” added the spokeswoman.

The company has already cancelled many flights ahead of the busy summer season, part of a wider trend in Europe and across the globe that has seen labour strife and staffing shortages impacting travel.

 

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“This is not what our customers want to hear, and it is not what the company needs right now,” a representative for SAS stated.

Meanwhile, Nordic rival Norwegian Air announced that it has reached an agreement with its 668 Norwegian pilots that will last through October 2023. find out more

By 1353 GMT, SAS’ stock had dropped 5.5 percent to an all-time low of 0.626 Swedish crowns.

 

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