Sweden: 400 SAS pilots strike


UPDATED Jun 10 – Sweden:  Around 400 Scandinavian Airlines pilots walked out after talks between unions and employers broke down on Friday.


In Sweden, the pilots’ union is asking for salary adjustments and greater job security from the airline. After talks ended at 6pm on Friday with no solution found, some 400 pilots walked out in a massive strike.


“The Swedish pilots union has called 400 members on short-haul flights out on strike. Both domestic and European flights from Sweden are cancelled,” SAS said in a statement.


Some 40 flights flown by pilots based at Stockholm’s Arlanda airport were immediately cancelled after the strike broke out at 6pm. SAS said it estimated the strike would affect 3000-4000 passengers.


“It’s extremely unpleasant and difficult to digest,” Mattias Dahl, president of Svenska Flygbranschen, told news agency TT earlier in the day.


Dahl’s organization, which represents the employer in the negotiations, had agreed to an offer from mediators of an overall cost increase of 2.2 percent. The offer was rejected by the pilots’ union however, who Dahl claimed continues to demand a “roughly 10 percent” increase.