Mediators have obtained a further postponement of threatened industrial action by SAS pilots, at least until 4 July.

The planned strike by cockpit crew for the Scandinavian carrier was originally scheduled to commence on 29 June.

It was deferred by three days, to 2 July, after the two sides agreed to continue mediation efforts.

SAS says that the parties have again pushed back the strike days, by another 48h, to 4 July.

The airline says it “welcomes” the decision, adding: “It continues to be the company’s firm ambition to reach an agreement and avoid a strike.”

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Cockpit crews are protesting measures to slash the SAS cost base by establishing staffing agencies to recruit pilots for its new SAS Link and SAS Connect divisions – while pilots shed during pandemic cost-cutting measures remain unemployed.

Pilots argue that the company is using its resources to “attack” the Scandinavian labour model.

SAS is trying to restructure its operations through a transformation programme, ‘SAS Forward’, aimed at lowering its cost base in order to attract new investment.