Fifteen days later, SAS and the pilot organization reached an agreement. The strike is over and the pilot returns to work.
“Last night we reached an agreement. The strike is over. We will resume work tomorrow,” Martin Lindgren of the Swedish Pilot Association announced Tuesday night.
“After a long and tough negotiation, we finally reached an agreement,” added Marianne Ernes, chief negotiator at SAS.
“I’m very happy to be able to finally leave here after signing the contract, and I’m also happy to be able to resume my flight tomorrow on behalf of the passengers,” Ernes said.
Approximately 900 pilots from Norway, Sweden and Denmark have been on strike since Monday, July 4th.
“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with all four Scandinavian Pilot Associations and the strike has ended,” SAS CEO Anko Vander Werff said in a press release from the company.
“Finally, we can resume normal operations and fly our customers to their long-awaited summer vacation destinations,” he apologized to customers for the problems caused by the strike.
It is expected that it will take several days for SAS flights to return to normal operation.
NHO Luftfart is also pleased that the strike is over.
“This means that the last part of the summer season will be saved, allowing the company to focus on recovering good flight offers in Norway and abroad,” said Torbjørn Lothe.
450 pilots get back to work
“This was an extraordinarily tough negotiation, but we have reached an agreement to end the strike,” the Norwegian SAS Pilot Association and the Norwegian Pilot Association wrote in a press release.
They write that the agreement guarantees 450 dismissed pilots to be rehired at the company.
The agreement between SAS and the Pilot Association lasts five and a half years. In Norway, collective bargaining agreements typically last for two years. Members of the Pilot Association will now vote for the agreement.
“I’m going to a referendum. I’ll vote for an agreement between the members, and everything will be ready,” Lindgren said.
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