Interesting article about the SAS restructuring. I didn't know that management had to deal with 39 unions - North American airlines have it easy!
"By early next year, SAS Group should have reduced its cost base by 45% following a 14bn Swedish kronor (£1bn; $1.8bn) cost cutting manoeuvre, said Soren Belin, executive vice president in charge of airline strategy and coordination.
Last week's deals ended months of wrangling with the 39 trade unions that represent SAS staff in Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
At some point a deadlock was broken when the management threatened to close down the whole airline and fire all Swedish and Danish staff, then create a new carrier and rehire by offering individual contracts, the Danish newspaper Politiken reported."
Full article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/3565411.stm