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Illegal Strike Continues at SAS

Published tisdag 24 januari 2006 kl 12.00

The Scandinavian Airlines System cancelled flights to and from Copenhagen for the second day Tuesday, because of wildcat strikes by pilots.

Tens of thousands of passengers have been stranded, but SAS says intercontinental flights have not been affected. SAS Brasthens in Norway also cancelled flights after dozens of pilots phoned in sick for the second straight day.

The pilots say they are protesting plans to replace a Scandinavian-wide collective agreement with separate contracts in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, which they say will lead to lay-offs and worsened job conditions. After dividing the group into separate divisions for each country in 2004, SAS now says there is an over-capacity of around 150 pilots.

The pilots’ union tried without success Monday to get members to end the illegal industrial action.

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