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SAS Not To HKG, SFO And Others Due To Unions  
User currently offlineTR From UK - England, joined May 2001, 964 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 7 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3583 times:

Norwegian press sources report that SAS management has decided not to introduce new routes to Hong Kong, San Francisco and other destinations as it has been impossible to reach an agreement with various employee unions on the compagny´s future structure. As a result SAS management has been forced to cancel all plans for further route expansion and are now looking at further cut back in the workforce instead. It is reported that SAS will begin to lay off cockpit and cabin crew as well as administrative personnel in the coming weeks. Sad to see SAS being forced by unions to cut back instead of going ahead with the planned expansions.

Source: Travel Magazine Take Off

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User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3566 times:

Is this a joke??

Since when can a union force an airline to make such drastic decisions?


User currently offlineSean-SAN- From United States of America, joined Aug 2002, 801 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3556 times:

Scare tactic.


User currently offlineTR From UK - England, joined May 2001, 964 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3557 times:

Don´t underestimate the unions within SAS. This is far from the first time that they force the compagny to change plans. I guess they know what they are doing though I find it very difficult to understand!

User currently offlineCFM-56 From Finland, joined Sep 2001, 239 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3429 times:

It is sad to see what they can do! I think it's the same with Finnair and the employee unions here in Finland,they can really do things..bad things..

User currently offlineJaws707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 708 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3381 times:

Right now I am really upset. That is because I am a huge fan of SAS, and I think they are a great airline to fly with. I wish them all of the sucess in the world and it is nice to see them expand, but when the unions have problems then that is just aggrevating. I mean with the new routes SAS would probobly hire some new employees, so why then are the unions having issues? I mean unions have already basically destroyed UAL, and UsAirways so I can only hope that SAS's problems arent quite that big.

User currently offlineSk945 From Sweden, joined May 2002, 432 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3340 times:

The main reason that SAS have some problems with the unions are that they have 9 or 10 different unions to make agrements with. 3-4 in each country.
I could also be away for the CEO to tell the unions, either you agree or we cut back even more staff.

User currently offlineCXCPA From Hong Kong, joined May 2000, 387 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3219 times:

the power of the union is too large............and the union did something wrong....................  Sad

User currently offlineGodbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2753 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3203 times:

This shows again a fact why I hate Unions! United Airlines is a good example for that.
Also here in Germany the Unions are really strong and they have reached the strenght where they really mess up our industry by demanding wages (remember the Lufthansa pilots wanting 30% more money and then get stubburn when LH said that that is more they can pay - and look now, 30% more and LH would have sent many of them home after 9/11).

I just hope that it will work out good for SAS and that they will be able to expand as planned.


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