© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: SAS flights are listed at Copenhagen airport, July 3, 2022. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – SAS and pilots unions were set to resume talks on new collective agreements on Monday as a crippling strike, which the Scandinavian airline says is in the midst of a crippling strike. threatening the firm’s existence, has entered its third week.
Most of the SAS pilots in Sweden, Denmark and Norway departed on 4 July after negotiations over conditions regarding the carrier’s plans collapsed. The parties returned to the negotiating table in the Swedish capital on July 13.
Talks continued throughout the weekend. On Saturday, a mediator said the parties had made progress, but important issues remained unresolved.
SAS, which has long struggled to attract new investors and secure financing for the bridge, said it must first cut costs to achieve those goals.
Pilots working for the 75-year-old airline’s company SAS Scandinaviasubsidiary said after negotiations broke down they would agree to limited pay cuts and less favorable terms, while SAS said knew the concessions offered were not enough for them to carry out the rescue plan announced in February.
The unions are also demanding that pilots experiencing problems during the pandemic be sought at SAS Scandinavia rather than having to compete with outside applicants for the job under the less attractive terms recently created by SAS. Link and SAS Connect are based in Ireland
For Monday, 183 SAS flights, or 57% of them scheduled, were cancelled, according to flight tracking platform FlightAware. Flights at SAS Link and SAS Connect are not on strike.