SAS Pilots Reach Agreement with Airline and End Week-Long Strike

By Paul Riegler on 4 May 2019
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DSC_0233 (1)SAS announced that it had reached an agreement with the unions representing its pilots in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, following two days of negotiation in Oslo. The move ended a strike that forced the cancellation of thousands of flights.

“Negotiations between SAS and SPF (Svensk Pilotförening), NSF/NF (Norsk Flygerforbund), SNF (SAS Norge Pilotforening), and DPF (Dansk Pilotforening) are now concluded,” the airlines said in a statement.

The new union contract will provide a 3.5% pay increase in 2019, a 3% increase in 2020, and a 4% increase in 2021. In addition, the agreement will provide improved scheduling and job security for the pilots.

“It is with relief I now conclude that our customers soon will be flying again,” said the airline’s CEO, Rickard Gustafson.

The terms of the new three-year agreement are on par with the industrial benchmark for the Swedish labor market, SAS said.

Over 4,000 flights were cancelled during the strike, the airline said.

The new agreement requires ratification by union members in all three countries before going into effect.

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