What is the conflict about?

SAS and the Swedish, Norwegian and Danish pilot associations do not agree on a new collective agreement and have been negotiating for several months.

According to the Swedish Pilot Association, the strike is about SAS not re-employing the 560 pilots who were notified during the pandemic.

Instead, pilots from the subsidiaries SAS Link and SAS Connect are used, which act as staffing companies.

900 SAS pilots in Sweden, Norway and Denmark can go on strike if the parties do not agree.

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Listen to Karin Nyman, communications director at SAS and Martin Lindgren, chairman of the pilot union at SAS.

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How can I as a traveler be affected?

If the strike becomes a fact, it is estimated that 30,000 passengers per day will be affected - and 200-250 departures will be canceled, according to SAS. 

SAS already states that it offers rebooking of flights that may be affected.

Information about canceled flights has been posted on the airline's website, with the marking "likely to be canceled if the strike occurs".

If a strike leads to your flight being canceled, you have a good safety net as a consumer, says Fanny Forsling, a lawyer at the Swedish Consumer Agency.

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What rights do you have during an air strike?

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Can other staff working for SAS be affected?

Among the union's members are about 400 cabin employees within SAS.

If a strike breaks out, they remain on the ground and the employer is responsible for leading and distributing the work.

Salaries are paid as usual.

The ground staff, about 400 of the Union's members, work for about 30 different companies and can continue to work for companies other than SAS if there is a strike.

"On the other hand, they are worried about their work environment, because a strike will mean that in addition to managing their regular job, they will also have to deal with travelers who do not go on their trips," writes Johanna Gréen, press secretary at Unionen.

The Transport Workers' Union has members who work with luggage handling and as flight technicians.

- How they are affected depends entirely on how extensive the strike will be, says Magnus Falk, head of social policy at the union, who can not provide details at present.

How long can a strike last?

In principle for any length of time, says Magnus Falk at Transport.

- It's all about the will to fight of those who strike and ultimately financial resources.