Friday , April 16 2021

Expert: Pilots smoked if the salary ends in the center

Will the pilots meet their demands? Everything is about public sympathy. However, one thing is clear: if the conflict is presented as part of the money, the strike of the pilots is doomed to failure, according to the striking expert.

The SAS pilots want 13 percent more pay. Stock Photography.picture: Johan Nielson / TT

As recently as 2016, Swedish SAS pilots strike with great consequences for passengers as a result. At that time, it was not very good for them, says Christer Tornigvist, senior lecturer in business administration and strike research at the University of Skwoud.

– In practice, it's a very public sympathy that decides. It is very difficult to implement and get a strike without public support, he says.

Then, in a pilot attack in 2016, it's about money. In any case, in the eyes of the public. There was even information that the strike also applies to compensation requirements for sunglasses of pilots.

– It was enough to discredit the pilots.

After four days, the strike ended. Defeat for the pilots, according to Christer Turnkvist. The question is how this will happen this time.

– Now it all depends on the angle that this strike receives. If it is said that it is a working environment, the chances are good for sympathy because people can have sympathy for the conditions for working for pilots.

For example, how long the plan is on the ground between the flights and the workload of the responsible pilots. Pilots of some companies, such as Ryanair, often receive great sympathy from the public due to the employer's opposition.

– But when it comes to money, pilots smoke. If the SAS succeeds in getting the payroll debate, they are fully guided.

SAS pilots called for a 13 percent pay increase – high above what other groups, such as nursing individuals, teachers and bus drivers, received. The pilots themselves say they are at a low level at the international level, but that question is probably totally unattractive to the public hit by blows. After all, it's on the Swedish labor market they work for, explains Christer Tornigvist.

– The so-called. The wage increase mark in recent years is between 1.5 and 3 percent. Why the pilots will have so much more than other groups will probably not understand. Nursing groups may require more, but not pilots. Already, a 2.6 percent increase in the sign means much more in the pilot's wallet than for a nurse.

In addition, the pilot group consists mainly of highly paid men. Nor is it an advantage when it comes to receiving public sympathy, notes Törnqvist.

– In the past, until the 70's or 80's, most men are being paid for striking. But then that changed. Now most people in the female profession go on strike.

Perhaps one may wonder why pilots are so interested in taking a strike weapon.

– There are two reasons for this. There are many conflicts in the field of aviation, as employees move across national borders and can be compared internationally. There is nothing special about Sweden.

The second reason, according to Törnqvist, is that pilots' unions are not affiliated with any of the three central organizations LO, Saco or TCO. This means that the union has no one over it, that they must ask to go on strike.

– Then it is often happens that they are taken to the weapon for a strike. It's the same with the Union of Workers in the Harbor and with trade unionists, who are also not affiliated with any organization, says Christer Tornikvist.


Pilot strikes and demands

The strike of the SAS pilots concerns new collective agreements for pilots. Among other things, they believe they have fallen behind their competitors in terms of wages.

On Thursday night, the mediators submitted an offer that more pilots should be able to influence and observe a more precise timetable, and receive an increase of 2.3 percent in line with the market, the employer points out. The Union has demanded an increase of 13 percent. The pilots say that the evening was not on the offer that the mediators presented to the parties, while the employer responded "yes".

In August last year, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian pilots at the SAS abandoned their three-year collective agreement with the employer one year in advance. This agreement was reached during difficult negotiations, and both Norwegian pilots announced a strike.

The agreement was signed over three years was considered a victory for the employer, which was given greater opportunity to implement the changes. But the pilots were given the opportunity to early cancel the contract.

In June 2016, Swedish SAS pilots strike for four days. The pilots then received a 2.2 percent pay raise, but pilots demanded 3.5 percent, clearer contracts and improved employment conditions. About 100,000 passengers were affected by a pilot attack by the airline.

Sources: SAS and Swedish Pilot Association

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