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‘EVERYTHING IS ALMOST NORMAL FOR NOW’: Local post office still receiving most mail despite strike by security workers, some packages may be sent by boat if strike continues

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A strike by security employees that had postal officials warning it would “paralyze” mail and packages to Svalbard is so far having little practical impact since items are being sent via commercial flights, Longyearbyen Post Office Manager Terje Gjeitnes said Wednesday.

“PARALYZED” POST DUE TO STRIKE: Strike expansion by security workers means some Svalbard mail and packages can’t get required scanning; medicines still arriving

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(Original story from Sunday updated to reflect expanded strike now occurring)

An expansion of a strike by security workers for Posten Norge means many packages and other mail destined for Svalbard are on hold because they cannot receive the require screening for air transport, although an alternative is place for pharmaceuticals and other critical items, officials said Tuesday.

SAS STRIKE OVER: Flights to Svalbard resume Friday after week-long walkout proves costly and troublesome

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A pilot strike at Scandinavian Airplines ended as of Friday, a week after it started, but for thousands of people trying to travel between Svalbard and the mainland during one of the busiest times of the year the high costs and frustrations remain.

SAS MAKING ‘PRIORITY’ FLIGHTS TO SVALBARD: Airline will offer Oslo-Longyearbyen flights on Monday and Tuesday despite strike

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Scandinavian Airlines, which has caused chaos across Europe by cancelling flights affecting tens of thousands of travellers since Friday, announced it will use its limited pilots to make “priority” flights between Oslo and Longyearbyen on Monday and Tuesday.

STRIKE: AT SAS: Pilot walkout has ‘great consequences’ for ski marathon, may severely affect supermarket and others

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A pilot strike that began at midnight at Scandinavian Airlines at midnight Friday will significant impact participation in this year’s Svalbard Skimaraton, although the race will go on as scheduled, and could severely affect shipments of fresh food to Svalbardbutikken if the walkout extends into next week, according to local officials.

ALERT: SAS STRIKE STARTING FRIDAY? Pilot walkout may halt Svalbard flights on eve of ski marathon, adding further misfortune to biggest one-day event of the year

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Pilots at Scandinavian Airlines are threatening to go on strike at midnight Friday, which could result in cancelled flights for a large number of the nearly 1,000 people expected to participate Saturday in the Svalbard Skimaraton, the archipelago’s largest one-day event of the year.

Weekend walkout? Dozens of workers at Mine 7, Svea may join nationwide strike starting Sunday

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Fifty-three Store Norske employees working at Mine 7 and Svea may go on strike starting Sunday as part of a nationwide labor walkout involving at least 35,000 workers, a local mining manager told Svalbardposten on Wednesday.

ALERT: SAS strike cancelled at last moment, extra Svalbard flight scheduled to help cancer patient

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A full-scale strike by Scandinavian Airlines pilots in Norway was averted as the last moment, but that was still too late for Jørn Dybdahl, a Longyearbyen resident whose Thursday flight to Oslo to receive cancer treatment was cancelled. So Dybdahl, never one to shy from expressing his views, expressed his frustration to one of Norway’s biggest newspapers – and helped 112 other travelers stranded here by doing so.

BREAKING: SAS pilots threaten to strike starting Thursday; local concert cancelled, weekend events face uncertainty

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A threat by Scandinavian Airlines pilots to escalate a strike starting Thursday has resulted in the cancellation of a tour-opening concert by a Norwegian band that evening and may disrupt other events scheduled this weekend – plus, of course, travelers and businesses.

Working out: Store Norske avoids possible strike, may possibly strike it rich by reopening mines

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Store Norske just finished shutting nearly everything down four months ago and most of the relatively few remaining workers were talking about going on strike. But the labor dispute was resolved quickly last week and a sustained rebound in coal prices is allowing the company putting together a proposal to resume operations at one or both of its two main mines next year.