Pilots call off SAS strike after deal is signed

Planned strike by Swedish pilots called off at last minute
A planned strike at SAS by Swedish pilots has been called off at the last minute, following overnight negotiations with unions. As many as 110 flights had already been cancelled today, as a strike was widely expected.
Last night, pilot unions extended the deadline for their strike from midnight to 08:00 this morning as talks continued. Then, at around 09.30, SAS announced it had signed a 12-month deal with the pilots.
“We are pleased to have entered into a new agreement and that we avoid a strike in Sweden. We will now do everything we can to ensure that our customers are able to fly as planned and receive their expected level of service,” SAS chief executive Rickard Gustafson said.
“It has been a very long process and we are now pleased with a deal that will protect our members’ jobs. Together with SAS we have finally managed to bring very tough negotiations to a resolution,” said Peter Larsson, chairman of SPF.
The dispute has been over SAS wanting to simplify the current detailed work contracts and greater flexibility to appoint seasonal workers.
However, there is still travel chaos today for around 11,000 passengers on those 110 axed flights, which are both domestic and to and from the rest of Europe.
TT / The Local

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