As part of ongoing negotiations with labor, SAS has announced that it avoided further industrial action by Norwegian Pilot Union (NSF) by signing a critical collective bargaining agreement.
Negotiations have finally reached a point of mutual satisfaction, after a strike that lasted for seven days and involving 17 of the airline’s pilots. This agreement was the last in a series of collective barganing negotiations the airline has conducted with unions in the past weeks, and as a result of the satisfactory terms reached with NSF, SAS has established agreements in place with all of its pilot unions that, the airline states, “create conditions for future expansion.”
Principle among the terms of negotiations this spring have been issues of job security, reduced complexity, and ensuring that SAS can “act faster” when responding to market demand. The agreement signed today with Norwegian pilot union NSF is now subject to a member vote.
“To start with I would like to apologize to those customers who have been affected by the strike. We have now reached agreements with all four pilot unions that enable us to invest in the future and continue the positive development. The negotiations are also a proof that we, together with the pilot unions, jointly have taken responsibility for securing Scandinavian jobs and a future for pilots at SAS,” says Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO at SAS.
The new collective bargain agreement will be in force for a period of one year and is valid retroactively from April 1, 2015.