Earlier this month, around 1,000 SAS pilots in Scandinavia threatened to go on strike on June 24 at the earliest over concerns about pay and working conditions.
Now it has emerged that they could be joined by the airline’s mechanics, who warned that they could lay down their work on July 5 in sympathy with the pilots.
Keld Bækkelund Hansen, the union secretary of the metal worker’s union, Dansk Metal, told TV2 News that a lack of accountability by SAS had driven its members to take a similar action.
Piling on the pressure
The pilot’s trade union, Dansk Pilotforening, has attempted in vain to reach a new labour agreement with SAS after the previous agreement ended on April 1. But despite numerous negotiation attempts, a solution has yet to be found.
And on the side SAS, has been in talks with three work agencies in an attempt to hire staff at a cheaper rate for its subsidiary companies, SAS Connect and SAS Link. This has led Dansk Metal to question whether the airline even wants to reach an accord.
It’s already been a turbulent start to 2022 for SAS, which was forced to cancel over 4,000 flights due to staff shortages.
The only good piece of news it has received was that Denmark, unlike Sweden, would step up its support of the embattled airline.