London, 17 December: A minority of staff from SAS Ground Services UK Ltd (SGS UK), a
member of the SAS Group, has decided in a recent union ballot to take industrial action over
the Christmas and New Year periods.
The staff at SGS UK take care of all check-in and baggage handling for SAS at Heathrow and
Aberdeen. During annual pay negotiations which have taken place over the last six months
between the management of SGS UK and its staff, its union Unite demanded a substantial
pay increase. SGS UK management responded with what it regarded as a reasonable and fair
pay deal in the current UK economic climate. Staff then conducted a ballot through Unite
and voted to strike.
The industrial action will be a series of 48 hour strike periods covering 6 days over Christmas
and New Year. The strike periods where flight operations may be affected are:
Tuesday, 22 December till Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Saturday, 26 December till Sunday, 27 December 2009
Sunday, 03 January till Monday 04 January 2010
Commenting on the strike, Jo Alex Tanem, Managing Director for SGS UK said, ‘Only a
minority of SGS UK staff voted to strike and we have put together a comprehensive plan to
minimize any disruption to our customers. The aim is to operate as near a normal service as
possible at this time of year from Heathrow and Aberdeen but we do recommend that
travellers check in a little earlier than normal.’
SGS UK management will continue to do its utmost to try and avoid the industrial action
taking place and will always have an open door policy towards the Union.
For further information please contact Jeff Rebello, SAS Group spokesperson, +44 (0)7767
77 5824 or Jeff.Rebello@sas.dk