Air transport: SAS airline pilots’ strike postponed again

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    Airlines SAS pilots do not want to go on strike for the time being. The deadline for an agreement has been extended to the coming weeks.

    At the Scandinavian airline SAS, a planned pilot strike has again been postponed. The airline announced on Saturday that a new deadline of 12 noon on Monday had been set for the arbitration attempts. “It’s moving forward, otherwise we wouldn’t put it off and keep putting it off,” said SAS negotiator Marianne Hernæs, according to Danish broadcaster DR. “But we’re still very far apart.” The strike by 900 pilots originally announced for Wednesday was initially postponed to Saturday night.

    The SAS leadership and the Swedish, Norwegian and Danish pilots have been negotiating a collective agreement for weeks. Among other things, the Swedish Pilots’ Association accuses the company of using the pandemic to fire almost half of the pilots with an agreed right to reinstatement, but of having overridden this right. In the event of a strike, hundreds of flights would be canceled every day in Scandinavia.