Scandinavian Airlines System CEO Rickard Gustafson has called Danish SAS
employees for meetings on the drastic measures to be carried out at the
airline but admits that employees have no choice but to accept conditions.
“My mandate is very limited,” Gustafson tells TV2News, adding that the
Copenhagen meetings are not negotiations but the necessary dialogue meetings
to give employees a better understanding of management plans.
“This is such a major upheaval that I have to go out and tell our employees
why we have to do it. The have to understand the whole issue in order to be
able to make their decisions. And that is what we are doing now,” Gustafson
Although he shies away from calling the SAS plan an ultimatum, he says that
management sees no alternative to carrying the plan through.
“We have put forward a plan that we have to carry through in order to have the
support of our owners and banks. That obviously does sound final,” Gustafson
SAS cabin personnel in Denmark said today that the majority of their members
would not be taking part in dialogue meetings.
SAS Cabin Crew is dismayed that management has appealed directly to Cabin Crew
rather than their union, the Cabin Attendants Union (CAU).
“CAU accepts that this is an extraordinary situation, but it does not give
licence to ignore the rules that are the foundation for negotiations between
employers and employees in Denmark,” Christian Møller of CAU tells Ritzau.
The union expects SAS management to negotiate with CAU, which represents some
1,400 Danish cabin crew.
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