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Scandinavian airline SAS Group said on Wednesday (16 May) that the cabin crew of its Swedish subsidiary Scandinavian Airlines Sverige have announced that they will go on strike on 25 May.
The strike will affect Scandinavian Airlines Sverige's flights manned by cabin crew employed in Sweden. SAS's flights to and from the US and Asia, and flights operated by Scandinavian Airlines Danmark and Scandinavian Airlines Norge, are not affected by this notice, the company said.
As a result of the strike notice the Air Transport Industry Employers' Association and Scandinavian Airlines Sverige have given notice of their intention to call a lockout.
SAS said this means that cabin crew personnel who are members of the Salaried Employees' Union and are included in the strike notice will be subject to a lockout beginning on 28 May.
Other SAS employees will not be involved in the lockout and will work as normal, SAS added.
"The lockout indicates how seriously we view this situation. We expect that it will expedite a swift resolution to the conflict," said Anders Ehrling, CEO of Scandinavian Airlines Sverige.
Mediation led by the Swedish National Mediation Office commenced on Wednesday.
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1,200 departures have been cancelled and 90,000 passengers have been affected by Salaried Employees' Union strike
SAS called the strike "illegal" and said the Danish Cabin Attendants Union could face legal action if the crews do not return to work.
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