Friday, May 25, 2007

Swedish cabin crew strike at SAS

Just a month ago, cabin crew working for Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) in Denmark walked out in "wildcat strike," causing a disruption in flight service. Today it is the Swedish cabin crew who are striking after talks between their union and SAS management broke down.

An Associated Press article about the strike, published in the Houston Chronicle and elsewhere, says:

Last week, the Swedish Salaried Employees' Union threatened to call the strike by 800 of its members unless agreement was reached in negotiations on achieving better working conditions. SAS, in turn, had warned it would impose a lockout if cabin staff went on strike.

Negotiations between the 160,000-member union and employers broke down during the night, and no new talks were planned. "The negotiations are stuck," the airline said in statement.

SAS Sweden said the strike would cost some $3 million a day in lost ticket sales. The Swedish unit has 2,500 staff and flies 6 million passengers a year to more than 50 domestic and international destinations.
The airline has canceled 300 flights today, affecting 20,000 passengers, and said it would cancel up to 150 on Saturday, according to news reports.