Gardermon (VG) pilots believe they have nothing more to pay, and the head of the Norwegian pilots union says they are ready to strike for weeks.
It’s not headed for a quick fix on the SAS strike because, as of Tuesday, proposals from both sides were tough.
SAS CEO Anko van der Werff asks in an interview E24 The pilots returned to the negotiating table and ended the strike.
– Anko has my phone number and can call me at any time when he is ready to engage in real negotiations, was the answer from Roger Cloxet at the Norwegian SAS Pilots Association.
He was speaking after a large gathering of Norwegian SAS pilots at Oslo Airport on Tuesday. So both the pilots and the SAS are asking the other party to call.
– What do you need to get back to the negotiating table?
– SAS needs to contact us, and I recommend they do so as soon as possible, Klokset replies, but points out that SAS needs to show a “genuine” change in its position.
The same message comes from Alexander Wasland, union leader at the Norwegian Pilots Association:
– The members are together and we are ready to fight.
– How long will it last? Is it willing to stand for weeks?
– Yes, we are ready to stand by this as long as necessary, Wasland answers.
Pilots say they have nothing to give.
– No we don’t. We have gone as far as possible. We have reached a pain threshold. Already competitive regulations include a 25 percent, 60-hour work week, five percent pay cut, and mandatory seasonal part-time for all pilots, Cloxett says. up to
– I don’t know where to find it, it’s simply not possible, says Cloxet.
Asked if the principles of the strike were so important to them that they would be willing to bankrupt the company, the Pilot chief replied:
– The outcome related to bankruptcy depends on the management, how far they will go. But principles are inexorable to us, we’ve said all along, and if ever there was a strike, it was this one, says Cloxett.
On the latest offer to SAS: – I think maybe we’ve gone too far
At the meeting, members were briefed on what was the latest offer pilots made to SAS before the strike. That is, what they put on SAS’s table – and what they said they were willing to agree to.
Already Before the strike Pilots had gone to great lengths to meet Cloxett, hoping that “if the members agreed it would be in the border countries.”
– We are just an extension of members’ choice, so we need to get feedback on the offer we have added to SAS. We may think we’ve gone too far, but it’s up to the members to decide, Cloxett said before entering the meeting.
If members really think they’ve gone too far, he won’t respond until after the meeting.
However, the SAS did not accept the offer made by the leaders of the pilot associations.
An all-out war of words on bankruptcy protection
SAS made the announcement on Tuesday morning They seek bankruptcy protection in the US. This has caused strong opposition among pilots. Clock said the pilots felt cheated.
– This reinforces our impression that this was a planned strike by management – to create a scapegoat,” the Pilot chief wrote in a press release.
They allege management coached and dragged out negotiations until the day before they filed for bankruptcy protection — without any scope for a deal.
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The SAS leader responded accordingly E24 By stating in the indictment:
– This is absolutely not true, we were very open and transparent, announced SAS CEO Anko van der Werff at a press conference.
President Tilling believed that the administration was always willing to sit down at the negotiating table and find a solution.
The head of the Norwegian Pilots Association says pilots are also ready to return to the negotiating table, but they will not relax requirements:
– There is a clear opinion in the members’ meeting here that nothing more can be given. Alexander Wasland says we need to see a movement from the SAS side.
– They claim to be open and transparent and open in every way. Do you recognize yourself in it?
– No I didn’t do it. We didn’t experience any indication over the weekend that this was going to happen, Wasland responds.
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