Flights were running on time at domestic carrier Braathens Tuesday, despite a new crisis that will leave hundreds of the airline's workers without jobs. Management had feared a massive sick-out by disgruntled employees.
SAS' takeover of domestic carrier Braathens is nudging hundreds of workers out the door.
Several workers had started calling in sick Monday even before word finally came that Braathens' takeover by former rival Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) would result in the loss of more than 1,000 positions.
Braathens workers are furious, not least because management earlier had indicated that job cuts resulting from the merger of SAS and Braathens would be shared by the two airlines. Now it appears Braathens will suffer most of the cuts.
As of mid-morning Tuesday, however, Braathens workers were proving to be good sports and showing up for work as scheduled. Only one Braathens flight, from Stavanger to Oslo, was said to have experienced a slight delay.
Braathens nonetheless remains in uproar. Only about 300 ground workers will be offered new positions in the combined SAS-Braathens operation called Scandinavian Ground Services (SGS). Management hopes another 400 will accept severance packages. The 330 remaining workers affected by the cuts can take part in a so-called "recruitment pool," which amounts to lay-off with a pay guarantee of 75 percent of salary through 2003.
Braathens' union leaders are threatening legal action to halt the Braathens job cuts, contending they violate Norwegian law governing takeovers.
SAS and Braathens management deny any law violations and say the job cuts are unavoidable if the combined operation is to be cost-effective and competitive.
Source: Aftenposten English Web Desk