SAS chief gets union backing

Four of Denmark’s major unions have backed SAS’s new strategic plans tfor the company. In a letter to SAS President and CEO Mats Jansson, four Danish local trade
union chairmen, representing their organizations (CAU, DPF, LFF and LH),
have declared their satisfaction over the fact that a clear vision for the
business has now been presented and that committed and motivated employees
are a key prerequisite in efforts to build up confidence between SAS and
SAS customers.

The unions also explain that they are willing in an active and positive
spirit to work for a total no-strike situation after the agreements have
been concluded for 2007 and during the time they are effective.

The chairmen of the unions that organize SAS employees within SAS Ground
Services and SAS Technical Service in Denmark have also agreed to the
content of the letter.

A prerequisite for achieving the goals established within SAS Strategy
2001, which was launched in June, is to achieve a cultural change and a new
cooperation model within the SAS Group.

“I welcome the letter as an ‘outstretched hand.’ It is a strong initiative
and the beginning of a cultural breakthrough in the company and that will
result in greater stability within SAS,” says Mats Jansson, President and
CEO. “This is a first step and a breakthrough towards a new cooperation
model between SAS and our trade union organizations in Denmark.


“SAS’s livelihood depends on satisfied customers and as our first priority
we are prepared to help rebuild our customers’ trust in and satisfaction
with SAS,” write the unions in their letter. “With the right attitude and
willingness to cooperate from both sides, we are convinced about, and we
dare to proceed into, a time in which we have an SAS without strikes.”

Consequently, the conditions and the realities have changed in relation to
an earlier decision made this year that SAS traffic between Copenhagen and
Oslo as well as Copenhagen and Stockholm would be flown solely by SAS’s
Swedish and Norwegian companies.

As a result of the increased stability for our customers due to this
initiative, it is natural and logical for SAS to revise its earlier
decision, which now means a traffic program between Copenhagen and Oslo as
well as Copenhagen and Stockholm with a relatively balanced distribution of
production (aircraft and crews) from SAS Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

As a result of the revised decision, the Group achieves a production model
that is a favorable combination of customer needs and efficient production