Chances ‘high’ for major spring strikes

UPDATED: Trade union negotiating season looms in Norway, and this year everything from pay to pensions and benefits will be on the table. Dissatisfaction over pension plans has left union leaders demanding changes, and prompting threats of major labour disruptions this spring. “The chances for storstreik (a major strike involving a wide range of labour […]

Thousands stranded after SAS cancelled flights

Tens of thousands of SAS passengers on flights in and out of Norway had their travel plans disrupted Thursday morning, after SAS cancelled around 100 flights because of a threatened escalation of a pilots’ strike. The strike was called off at 4am, but SAS officials claimed Thursday they’d had no choie but to prepare for the worst, and were […]

SAS pilots agree to call off their strike

Flights at Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) were due to start taking off again in Norway by mid-afternoon on Thursday, after disgruntled Norwegian pilots finally agreed to a new contract with the airline’s management. A state mediator announced the breakthrough after marathon talks through the night, but the pilots still aren’t completely satisfied. “We did win acceptance […]

SAS strike mediation goes into overtime

UPDATED: The chief executive of Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) traveled to Oslo on Wednesday in a last-ditch effort to ward off a pilots’ strike that already has cancelled 100 SAS flights in and out of Norway on Thursday. The pilots, after being contacted by SAS management, then headed back into a new round of mediation Wednesday afternoon, but a midnight […]

Pilots now warn of a ‘long’ strike against SAS

There’s been no further contact between disgruntled pilots and management at Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) in Norway since the pilots declared a strike from Thursday. More than 550 of them threaten to walk off the job, and now the pilots claim the strike will be lengthy. Norwegian media reports described relations between the two as “ice cold,” and both […]

‘Strike shock’ from SAS pilots in Norway

UPDATED: Two Norwegian labour unions representing pilots for Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) in Norway announced a “strike shock” on Monday, even though their colleagues in both Sweden and Denmark have agreed on new contracts. After first saying only two pilots would be called off the job, the unions are now threatening to order all of their Norwegian members to strike from Thursday. […]

SAS pilots still threaten to strike

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) could finally report some much better financial results this week, but the long-struggling carrier and its passengers still face massive disruption next week. SAS’ Danish and Norwegian pilots aren’t backing down on their demands for pay raises, more time off and, it’s claimed, more influence over how the airline is run. SAS’ […]

Frustration fuels SAS strike threat

Pilots at Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) haven’t been able to negotiate the airline’s controversial plans to hire and base new pilots, at lower wages and benefits, in England and Spain. They’ve thus resorted to raising old demands, like getting more weekends off, and are warning they’ll walk off the job if their demands aren’t met. The prospect of another major […]

Strike averted among airport ground crews

Late-night negotiating during the weekend averted a strike by airline ground crews at four Norwegian airports. Flights were thus taking off as scheduled on Sunday, and both airlines and passengers were relieved. “It was tough but we had a good tone throughout it all,” negotiations chief Bente Ørberg of the workers’ union Junit told news bureau […]

Strike can disrupt airline traffic

A new labour conflict in Norway may disrupt airline traffic and thousands of passengers late next week. The conflict involves ground crews for Widerøe, SAS and Norwegian Air represented by labour union Junit, which is at odds with employers’ organization NHO Luftfart on a new collective bargaining contract. Both sides have been called in to the […]