Pilots take SAS to Norwegian Labour Court

SASPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

The LO and the SAS Pilots’ Association are taking SAS to the Labor Court due to what they believe are illegal violations of working life regulations.

Roger Klokset in the Norwegian SAS Pilots’ Association confirmed the information to Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). 

The pilots’ association demands that around 560 pilots get their jobs back after being laid off during the pandemic.

“Everyone got an agreement on re-employment, but SAS has circumvented the provisions of working life to avoid this,” the Norwegian Pilots’ Association wrote in a press release.

SAS rejects accusations

The background for the case is that SAS pilots who were laid off as a result of the corona pandemic must apply to get their jobs back through new subsidiaries.

“SAS broke the agreements with the pilots, and the measures they are trying to take are, in our view, serious and illegal. SAS challenges modern and decent working life in a way that is unparalleled in Scandinavia,” Klokset stated.

The Norwegian Pilots’ Association announced the lawsuit already in February. SAS has repeatedly denied that they have breached any agreements by establishing new subsidiaries.

“AS is of the opinion that we relate to and act according to all agreements entered into. The pilots have long warned that they disagree with this, and then it is natural that the issues receive a legal clarification,” press manager John Eckhoff in SAS told NTB.

LO support

The Norwegian Pilots’ Association receives full support from the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO), which believes the matter is important in principle.

“The LO does not accept SAS attempts to organize itself away from agreements entered into and basic labor rights. This case is, in principle, important for all employees in Norway, and we look forward to having it tried in court,” LO leader Peggy Hessen Følsvik stated in a press release.

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