No end in sight for SAS strike

Negotiations between SAS and cabin crew union HTF ended early on Sunday morning with no agreement in sight.

“The situation is deadlocked,” said HTF chairman Bengt Olsson after a whole day and night of talks with SAS.

“The negotiations will continue, but the ball is in SAS’s court. We’re expecting an offer from them later today,” he said at 5:30am on Sunday.

The strike by Swedish cabin crew had started on Friday, when 800 members of staff failed to turn up for work. Some 42 planes have been grounded and 380 flights have been cancelled, according to SAS.

On Saturday the airline announced it was cancelling 200 flights on Sunday. The company estimates that 35,000 passengers have been hit by cancellations. The cancellations on Sunday mean another 15,000 passengers will be hit.

Flights to the Unites States and Asia are not affected, and SAS’s Danish and Norwegian operations are running as normal. HTF is demanding changes to working hours and more breaks for cabin crew.

“We have made lots of proposals for solutions, but have got nothing in return,” said Bengt Olsson following the break up of talks.

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