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Unique trial completed - employees sued the tray on the pension

a Total of 186 cabin crew in SAS has made the odd choice to sue their own trade unions over a kollektivavtalsförsämring negotiated between the unions and the employer.

Now is the trial finished and get the cabin crew that they want the Union may be facing a damages claim of several million.

Like the latest pilotstrejken that recently crippled the SAS in seven days, it has here with the crisis in 2012 to make, and the concessions made in the collective agreements in order to save the employer from going under.

this is an odd situation. It is normal that the workers think to a collective agreement come about in an invalid way is to attack his employer, says the Union's general counsel, Martin Wästfelt.

in the company and the banks had strict requirements to extend credits and loans. The SAS was so close to failing as a company can be without making it, and the board administrators ready.

"We are staring bankruptcy in the face," says ceo Richard Gustafson in his examination of the witnesses during the final day of the trial.

the Rescue was the staff and the trade unions, which, after intense negotiations came to an agreement with SAS on the new collective agreement in which, among other things, the retirement age was postponed. They want 186 målsägandena now have a replacement for.

they had a extra retirement that gave 65% of their salary from age 60. In the claim for the mood, write to the SAS took away the extra pension rights which staff have already earned, to fund the regular pension from 65 years of age.

the Reason that the true Union is that they believe that the union had not had the authority to approve the amendment, as it relates to the employee's property.

" this is an odd situation. It is normal that the workers think to a collective agreement come about in an invalid way is to attack his employer, says the Union's general counsel, Martin Wästfelt.

Martin Wästfelt, general counsel of the Union. Photo: Andreas Lindberg

the Airline's ceo Rickard Gustafson was called to the last day of the trial as a witness. During the interview, he describes the negotiations with the eight scandinavian trade unions as ”extremely intense” and explains that it was no other alternative than that was the solution.

" It was not the Union that wanted this. It was a tremendous pressure and the company was prepared to go bankrupt. Then we were faced with that fact, and had meetings with the members where we asked how we were doing. ”Save our jobs – doing what it takes” was their answer, " says Martin Wästfelt.

"I can, but it was a tough location and so it is," he says and continues:

– Organising the task is that, in all common situations, to improve the conditions. But we also have a task if the business does not go, and the members want to we are going to change, then, is our system in Sweden is structured so that we can also do deterioration.

the Trial ended on Wednesday and the decision is expected to be the first of five weeks.

Neither the plaintiff or their legal representatives wanted to be interviewed by DN, with reference to the ongoing legal process.

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