SAS talks stall

Employees at SAS have rejected salary reductions of six percent in the latest round of cost saving negotiations Negotiations between unions and SAS airline have been suspended until Monday after employees rejected the idea of salary reductions, reports Business.dk. The...

Negotiations between unions and SAS airline have been suspended until Monday after employees rejected the idea of salary reductions, reports Business.dk.

The two sides have been in discussions about the cost saving measures needed to save the Scandinavian airline one billion Swedish kroner, of which 200 million Danish kroner is to be found within Danish operations.

Norwegian SAS cabin personnel have already indicated that they would be willing to work without salary for a period in order to help reach the savings target. Danish SAS employees were said to favour a six percent pay cut or six percent reduction in hours between now and February 2010, if no further lay offs could be guaranteed.

However, following today’s negotiations, the option of salary reductions was rejected by the trade unions.

‘This model has been taken completely off the table. A salary reduction won’t do any good. So now there is only the streamlining to negotiate,’ said Nicolas E. Fischer, union representative, to public broadcaster DR.

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