One Day SAS Strike Called
Cabin crew at the Swedish unit of the Scandinavian Airlines System have threatened to hold a one day strike next week.
The move comes after talks between the airline and a union broke down. The Swedish Salaried Employee’s Union, which represents most of the 1260 SAS cabin crew members working in Sweden, has issued a statement saying its members will strike on October 5 if both sides can’t reach an agreement on better conditions.
Meanwhile, Lufthansa said Monday a newspaper interview with its CEO wrongly signalled that the German airline is interested in acquiring a majority stake in SAS. A press spokesman says a general statement about Lufthansa’s interest in new markets was wrongfully used to refer to the Scandinavian airline.
The Swedish government owns 21 percent of SAS, with 14 percent stakes each held by the governments of Norway and Denmark. The new Swedish center-right government has indicated it might be interested in selling the state’s share in the airline.