Mediators meet Swedish pilots, employers as SAS cancels more flights

Swedish national mediators on Tuesday met with a pilots union and employers in a new effort to resolve a pilot strike that has disrupted hundreds of flights operated by Scandinavian airline SAS.

SAS cancelled 240 flights on Tuesday, affecting about 25,500 passengers.

The disruptions began Friday when the Swedish pilots union called on 400 pilots to walk off work because of a dispute about wages.

A spokesman for the National Mediation Office said mediators conducted separate sessions with the Swedish Pilots Union and the Swedish Aviation Industry Group, which organizes employers, but told dpa he had no details.

The most recent round of talks broke down early Monday.

Since Friday, about 100,000 passengers have been affected by the labour action. Hundreds of domestic Swedish and European flights - including to other Nordic capitals as well as Frankfurt, Paris and London - were disrupted.

Long-haul flights were not affected, the airline said.

The union said it wanted wage increases of 3.5 per cent and revisions in the collective bargaining agreement. SAS pilots said they want compensation for wage cuts and other concessions they made in 2012 when the company was in dire straits.

The employers offered 2.2 per cent, saying that was in line with other groups.

Danish and Norwegian pilots were flying as normal, the company said.

Passengers were advised to consult the carrier's website or the company with which they booked tickets.

The airline - whose main owners are the governments of Denmark, Norway and Sweden - is facing stiff competition from low-cost carriers such as Norwegian Air Shuttle.

Last update: Tue, 14/06/2016 - 14:40

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