Monday, June 13, 2016

No end in sight to the SAS strike – Västerbotten Courier

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SAS press officer Fredrik Henriksson told TT on the affected passengers during the pilot strike.

The state, which with its more than 21 percent stake, SAS’s single largest owner, has repeatedly stepped in and shot to billions in tax money to rescue the SAS. In previous crises, the pilots received wage cut.

Seven years ago landed a full-year loss for the company of three billion and 650 services were removed. SAS was able to borrow 3.5 billion until 2015. Along with Norway and Denmark, the Swedish state has since 2011 tried to sell SAS without success. In 2012 the company ended up once again in crisis. At worst, there was money ten days left in the checkout. Now came SAS with a crisis plan that meant a pay cut of 15 percent and that over 1 000 people disappeared.

In order to renew its bank loans SAS conducted an austerity package as workers meant lower wages, revised rules for vacation, raising the retirement age and extended working hours. The base salary for employees was reduced generally 12 percent. For the pilots lowered wages over 8 per cent, just over a month’s salary per year. The state helped the company with an additional SEK 4.7 billion and the employees received no wage increases in 2013 and 2014. For a couple of years ago, SAS was again close to bankruptcy, saying the 70 percent of IT staff.

Pilot strike broke out on Friday night after Swedish pilots’ Association (SPF) triggered its notice of 400 SAS pilots based at the airport.

SAS long-haul flights to the US and Asia, and flights performed by contracted operators, such as certain domestic flights, are not affected by the strike. Information about the air that passes and not on the airline’s website.

Arguments of the parties:

SPF (Swedish Pilots’ Association): The pilots want all the Swedish pilots, both new employees as those who worked long, shall be subject to the same pay system with a common pay scale.

SBM (Swedish airline industry): the merger of pay scales would give a salary increase of ten percent of the pilots who have worked the shortest time.

SPF: Pilot union is demanding 3.5 per cent wage increase.

SBM: the pilots’ demands are based on the new pay scale and it will be a lot of demands for improved employment conditions. Overall, the requirements cost increases of 6.5 percent.

SPF: Since 2009, SAS’s Swedish pilots worsened their wages by about 20 percent in relation to the salary mark. During the same period, productivity has risen by about 20 percent.

SBM: The last ten years, SAS pilots had an annual wage growth of 2-3 percent. Productivity has increased by only 1.4 percent from 2012 to 2015.

SPF: SAS’s Swedish pilots have made great sacrifices to save SAS from bankruptcy in 2012.

SBM: There is even greater extent other groups of staff within SAS. More than 3000 employees have had to leave the SAS, but no pilots.

Swedish Pilots’ Association also calls for clearer agreements, to avoid disputes over interpretation, and that the hired company pilots to be covered by collective agreements.

Sources: Swedish Pilots’ Association and the Swedish aviation industry.


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