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Airport bus drivers postpone solidarity strike

Airport bus drivers postpone solidarity strike

Published: 23 Apr 2012 09:44 GMT+02:00
Updated: 23 Apr 2012 09:44 GMT+02:00

The pressure on healthworkers trade union Kommunal and the Association of Private Care Providers (Vårdföretagarna) to reach an agreement has been mounting since negotiations fell through on Friday.

Bus drivers for the airport buses Flygbussarna and flight transfer buses had said that they would call a strike if an agreement wasn't reached before Monday afternoon.

The planned strike would be called out of solidarity for fellow union-members, who cannot negotiate the collective agreement they want with their employers.

Unions were set to resume negotiations with mediators during Monday morning, according to Dan Lundqvist Dahlin, spokesperson for Kommunal.

“I am afraid I can’t give you a more precise time,” said Dahlin to news agency TT prior to the meeting.

The strike would include 390 employees on the airport buses Flygbussarna in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö, as well as the flight transfer bus lines Arlanda-Västerås and Arlanda-Stockholm.

However, the strike was postponed until Tuesday, giving mediators some more time to broker a deal between employers and unions.

"I see the possibility of a new agreement for personal assistants. Therefore we continue our mediation and we postpone our solidarity measures on the airport buses for 24 hours," said Lenita Granlund of the union Kommunal in a statement.

The effects of the on-going negotiations were made more complicated for travellers to and from Sweden first by a conflict within the security business, which was threatening to take out the airport security checks.

However, mediators managed to broker a deal between the two parties late on Sunday night.

"We regret that the conflict, which doesn't really concern Swebus or the coach industry, is threatening to affect our passengers that are trying to get to Arlanda with Swebus flight transfer," said Ingvar Ryggesjö, of Swebus, in a statement.

The bus employers have countered the strike threat with a potential lockout on the same bus lines, and some additional ones, from May 2nd.

Information about how the buses will run can be found on the Flygbussarna or Swebus websites.

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10:15 April 23, 2012 by johan rebel
The "solidarity strike" concept is as typically Swedish as it is insane.

Bus drivers going on strike to support a conflict with has nothing whatsover to do with them, nor their employers. Only in Sweden, would be illegal anywhere else.
11:09 April 23, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
Stockholm budget travellers who would like to travel to Skavsta will be totally screwed if they need to use taxis to get there.

The airlines themselves may want to charter some buses to avoid a catastrophic loss of passengers during the strike.

Either that or the airport transfer bus companies will hopefully be allowed to hire replacement workers.
12:01 April 23, 2012 by Abe L
#2 - People who use the services of "airlines" arriving and departing from Skavsta usually book those tickets well in advance and will become a victim of this. So yea, hope they sort that out collectively.

People in the Stockholm are traveling to Arlanda shouldn't be affected to much, there is the great Arlanda Express and Cabs with fixed fares that are reasonably affordable.

Otherwise the solidarity strike is a retarded concept and in general striking during economic turmoil is generally not a good idea. I can only hope the employers keep strong and don't hand them one extra penny.
12:13 April 23, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
#3

Agree.

And for those people who find Arlanda Express to be on the expensive side, many do not realize that their monthly SL card can be used to get them to Arlanda for 60 SEK.

One must take the pendeltåg toward Marsta, get off at Upplands Vasby, and from there take a small airport train, where you will need to show your SL card on that train. When you get off at the airport you show your SL card again and paythe 60 SEK.

Takes longer than Arlanda Express of course, but for those who do not mind leaving earlier they can save over 200 SEK in each direction.
13:27 April 23, 2012 by joe5451
#4

You can get off at Märsta and take the bus to the airport and without paying extra if you have an SL card.
08:28 April 24, 2012 by Beavis
The disgraceful bus company are going to put themselves out of business. They are constactly holding the customer to ransom. They increased their fares at Skavsta from 50kr to 250kr when the competition pulled out. Ive been stranded waiting an hour one too many times with them as the bus is full, they have to offload luggage, chuck a couple of peolpe off etc. They are very stupid as the airfares to get to Skavsta are often lower than the bus connection to Stockholm! As soon as Uppsala is ready, budget airlines will pull out due to the poor and only bus service and all these protest workers will be looking for a job..good riddance! thankdully there are other beter alternative at Arlanda and the train at Vasteras
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