SAS and pilots union plan further talks as strike enters 11th day

A pilots’ strike at SAS, affecting hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers, entered its 11th day on Thursday, as unions and the airline looked to resume talks over a new labor agreement.

The parties resumed talks Wednesday, which broke down on July 4, but failed to reach an agreement. Negotiations are expected to resume on Thursday.

“(The talks) have been suspended for today and will resume tomorrow,” said a spokesman for Dansk Metal, the union representing Danish SAS pilots, on Wednesday evening.

The long-struggling SAS has said the strike is costing $10 million to $13 million a day at the height of the peak season, while it must cut costs and attract new investors to survive.

The pilots, who are employed by decades-old SAS Scandinavia, a subsidiary of SAS Group, have said they would agree to limited pay cuts and less favorable conditions. SAS has said the concessions are not enough to successfully implement a major bailout plan announced in February.

Unions are also demanding that pilots made redundant during the pandemic be reinstated at SAS Scandinavia, rather than having to compete with outside applicants for jobs at the newly formed Ireland-based SAS Link and SAS Connect.

The airline, which is majority owned by the governments of Sweden and Denmark, each with a 22 percent stake, had canceled 201 flights, or 64 percent of scheduled flights, as of Thursday, according to FlightAware. SAS and pilots union plan further talks as strike enters 11th day

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