The parties for the Stockholm / Oslo (VG) SAS clash have been in talks since Saturday morning. As the clock ticks toward midnight, negotiations continue.
It was 11 pm and the parties still did not clarify.
Ombudsman Mads Wilhelm Ruland was going out to buy food around 11.20pm.
– We’ll buy some food now, and then we’ll sit all night, Ruland says.
The ombudsman chose to use 7-students located across the street. On the way back to Næringslivets hus, he had the menu ready.
– For dinner, Rolland tells VG that there will be rolls with cheese and ham and an apple juice with ginger.
The pilots got food within half an hour to the national mediator. They also chose to use a nearby kiosk.
One of the negotiating team returned from the kiosk with two bags.
When VG was asked who bought it, he replied:
– What you buy at 7-Eleven.
SAS ate dinner a little earlier. However, they chose to order food at Ciao Ciao Grande, which is very close to the House of Commerce.
It is not known what they ordered, but the menu on the restaurant’s website shows that they have a wide selection of both pizza, pasta and salads.
Negotiations throughout the day
Roger Cloxet, president of the Norwegian SAS Pilots Association (NSF), came out for a walk at 7 p.m. He said he expected to sit through the evening and did not rule out that it would take longer than Sunday.
– We’re willing to spend the time it takes then, so we’ve been around for a long time to find a solution, so we won’t stop ourselves from finding anything as long as we’re confident that a solution will be found.
According to Cloxett, the atmosphere around the negotiating table is good.
– We know each other well on both sides of the table, we have worked together for a long time, so the atmosphere is absolutely great.
The parties involved in the conflict have been negotiating for several days. The negotiations ended at 8 pm on Friday, but not on Saturday.
John Levi Skokwang, head of SAS Norge Fligerforning in Barat, was out on a walk at 6 p.m.
– Are you closer to a solution than a gap?
– I can’t say anything about that.
SAS’s chief negotiator said they would continue to work alone on the texts after talks ended at 8pm on Friday.
According to Skokwang, work has also been done on threads on Saturday.
– Everything is possible
On the way to lunch at 12, Norwegian broker Mats Wilhelm Ruland was asked if the parties were closer to each other than they were on Saturday morning.
– Yes, we are, but there are many more and bigger questions to be solved, he answers.
– Growth is good in the first hour.
John Levi Skogvang, head of the SAS Norwegian Pilots Association in Barat, met reporters on his way to the 10 a.m. meeting. He was asked what the expectations were for the day:
– We will meet and discuss together and move forward. He says we have to start somewhere and then see how far we go.
– It is a perfection. Nothing is done until everything is done.
– Will it end in a breach?
– Everything is possible. There are more difficult things here, he says.
On Saturday, pilot leaders will take a stand on the written proposals SAS is working on tonight.
– When we read texts, it’s a bit easier to see how close or far you are. We’ll see a deal and see how good it is. After that it will be voted on by our members.
Expect a shorter wait
Henrik Thyrekot, president of the Danish Pilots Association, spoke briefly to reporters before Saturday morning’s meeting.
– I don’t know the new model. I think this is a misunderstanding. I hope for a solution, but we will see,” he says when asked if he will see a new model.
– The contracts we make must be in writing. It takes time. I am sure that today we will take a position on a text proposal. We are working with several recommendations. Lots of papers. If there is a will, I think that would be a solution, he says.
Thyrekot also says they expect less wait today than yesterday.
– I expect the wait to be shorter today.
SAS’s chief negotiator Marianne Hernæs says they worked through the night:
– We will keep high pressure throughout the day and expect to be able to agree on important things. We have been working all night. We take the point and try to find agreement, and finally see if we can agree on a whole.
Rijksmekleren Ruland said today they will work through the remaining issues properly.
– I’m still optimistic, I think we’ll see more growth today, but it remains to be seen. He says there is no guarantee.
– How close are the parties now?
– I can’t say. Some important issues remain unresolved.
– Do you think you will sit until the evening?
– Hard to say. From experience: Yes. But this is not a given that we do, but if I had to judge anything, I would judge that we sit all day until evening. Through mediation there is communication with the parties and then mediations have different phases where you have to do different things. Some sessions require the parties to work separately, while other sessions require you to sit together. The broker says that yesterday there was communication between the parties and they spoke together.
He thinks there will be two Saturdays as well.
– Parties moved. This is positive, but not enough movement to achieve the goal. Achieving a solution here requires more movement, says Ruland.
– Is this common with multiple postponements like there was here?
– I can only comment on what is common in Norway, which is quite unusual. In a normal main settlement the mediation is only one or two, maximum four days. So I can say that this is an absolutely extraordinary mediation.
– What does it mean that the party members have been sitting for so many days?
– That tells me that the parties have a genuine desire to resolve this here. This does not mean that their status is likely to be touched. Both have a vested interest in making it happen.
While the parties were in talks on Friday night, SAS management was set to work through the night with a proposal for the pilots.
Pilot chiefs earlier on Friday said they had been waiting a long time for the SAS’s proposals.
Skokwang said on Friday that he was surprised that SAS was having such a good time:
– SAS looks like a good time. We’ve been around for a long time now, and you seem to be having a good time, and we’re losing 130 million a day: that’s a lot of money. We thought it might be a little more urgent.
SAS’s chief negotiator Hearns disagreed with Skokwang’s opinion, which SAS has long used.
– We have tried to develop the content that we want to provide to the pilots, and it will take time, Hernes said.
Norwegian SAS Pilots Association (NSF) president Roger Cloxet said earlier on Friday. NRK:
– We did not reach an agreement, but we did not reach the wall.
Accordingly it is Saturday VGs flight specialty A total of 133 flights were cancelled. Of these, 131 were SAS flights.
SAS estimates that the strike will result in losses of NOK 100-130 million per day.
As of Thursday, the strike had cost the company up to 1.3 billion Swedish kroner, the equivalent of about 1.27 billion Norwegian kroner. On Saturday, we are at around NOK 1.53 billion.
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