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Aviation standstill as pilots strike

TT/AFP/The Local · 16 Jun 2010, 09:04

Published: 16 Jun 2010 09:04 GMT+02:00

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Up to 25,000 travellers are set to be hit by the strike action as flights across the country suffered delays and cancellations, as unions and employers broke off negotiations over a new collective pay and conditions deal.

"We are going to keep negotiating, and we hope to reach an agreement in the

end, but for the moment our positions are frozen," said Peter Jeppsson, director general of Flygarbetsgiverna, which represents Swedish air operators.

"All domestic flights and nearly all international flights (operated by Swedish air carriers including SAS) will be affected," with an estimated 25,000 travellers liable to be affected, Jeppsson told AFP.

Besides working conditions at regional airlines, the dispute also involves a proposal by Avia Express to hire pilots through an interim agency.

The strike action affects Avia Express, Avitrans Nordic, Golden Air and Svenska Direktflyg, whose pilots are on strike for the whole of Wednesday. The remainder of the union's pilots will strike from 5am to 1pm.

In total around 230 departures expected to be cancelled on Wednesday.

SAS will cancel 107 flights, affecting 13,000 passengers on mostly domestic routes with a couple of thousand also affected by the 5am-1pm shutdown.

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Only air ambulance services and a handful of long-haul flights will be unaffected by the walkout.

Flights are continuing to run from Stockholm to Copenhagen and Oslo, and SAS is flying as normal to the USA.

Malmö Aviation has been forced to cancel 30 departures affecting 2,500 people.

TT/AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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11:37 June 16, 2010 by Gletta
Makes sense, aviation industry in the **** so go on strike as well
11:40 June 16, 2010 by Beavis
What an absolute disgrace by these pilots at SAS. Those 13,000 passengers affected are now lost customers, you know the ones who actually keep these pilots in a job!! They seem to forget who is paying for their outragous wages. No customers= no jobs. Morons!
12:39 June 16, 2010 by bas
And you think they care?

Remember we are in Sweden which means no service anywhere you go - shops , restaurants etc.... and airports....

they could not care less about lost customers - they do not care about this on the ground either - so makes no difference....
13:27 June 16, 2010 by anticommie
Unions need to be shut down, they are the root of the problem. If I owned this airline I would shut it down and put the pilots out of a job!
13:40 June 16, 2010 by xavidx
How much do you think pilots make to begin with?
14:49 June 16, 2010 by Eagle63
I'm 100% behind the pilots! They have an extremely demanding job and need to do it perfectly every single day. Pilots deserve the best working conditions, just like busdrivers do. Peoples lives depend on them...
21:33 June 16, 2010 by Gletta
And soon they can be busdrivers when their airlines go down...
23:44 June 16, 2010 by diegoveggie
back to work now my communists swedes
01:29 June 17, 2010 by Beavis
Eagle63 ...if they continue they wont have jobs to go to, dont you get that!?
11:24 July 10, 2010 by stiched up
SAS employees should stand up for themselves. SAS have got themselves into this situation over the last few years and treated their workers disgracefully. They have taken the easy option and made thousands redundant and then got other cheaper companies to do the same work but while their staff get much lower rates of pay and conditions. It is a reflection of incompetent management both locally and at top level management.
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