Danish SAS employees upset that Norwegians can now take their jobs: “It is completely wrong”

SAS - Scandinavian AirlinesPhoto: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB

SAS has entered into an agreement with Norwegian trade unions to allow 67 Norwegian employees to take over the positions of laid-off Danish employees on long-distance routes.

“It is completely wrong for SAS to go in and sell off Danish jobs in this way. It would have been so even in a normal situation. That is especially the case when we are in a historic crisis where several hundred of our colleagues have been laid off and fired,” Christa Ceré, leader of the union Cabin Attendants Union (CAU), told A4 Overenskomst.

573 Danish cabin crew have been laid off during the corona crisis. SAS has entered into an agreement with SAS Norge Kabinforening (SNK) and Norsk Kabinforening (NKF).

“The fact that one uses such an opportunity to put pressure on the employees – under the guise of the corona (crisis) and in the light of an incredibly generous Danish state that is giving out aid packages and billions in loans to SAS – is rude to both Danish employees and the Danish state,” Socialist People’s Party (Socialistisk Folkeparti) spokesman for labor policy Karsten Hønge noted.

SAS: Continuous change needed

SAS did not agree to an interview with A4 Overenskomst but has sent the following written answers:

“In light of the ongoing pandemic… we envisage that there will be a need for continuous change in the structure (after the pandemic). The goal will be to build a strong SAS and secure Scandinavian infrastructure and jobs. SAS makes ongoing assessments from an economic, resource, and commercial perspective,” chief negotiator Carsten Hansen wrote in an email.

Denmark’s Minister of Labor Peter Hummelgaard (S) has not responded to A4 Overenskomst’s request for comments.

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