Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is confident of reaching an agreement with Stockholm Arlanda airport ground personnel who are threatening to strike from 30 January. The transport union is the sole union of 39 not to have concluded a pay deal with the tri-national flag carrier at the end of last year and its members are demanding a Skr750 ($102) monthly raise, retroactive for 2003, in contrast to the other 38 unions' pay freeze. SAS insists there is no possibility of the workers receiving a pay increase at a time when the company is struggling to return to profitability.

Source: Flight International