Sun. Jun 16th, 2024
On-board staff strike looming closer

Austrian Airlines is facing a potential strike threat by its on-board staff this week, involving at least 3,500 employees. Negotiations for a collective agreement ended without a resolution on Sunday, and no talks took place on Monday. However, both parties expressed a willingness to continue discussions.

The vida unionist Daniel Liebhart stated that the union was prepared to negotiate at any time and had even reserved a room for negotiations at the ÖGB. The union emphasized the importance of financial numbers in their offer to Austrian Airlines.

On the other hand, AUA spokeswoman Sophie Matkovits mentioned that the airline was eager to discuss their offer but required a significant movement from the union. Matkovits added that a decision regarding flight cancellations due to the strike threat would be made on Tuesday. If approximately 430 flights for 52,000 passengers were canceled, it could cost the airline 15 million euros. Austrian Airlines is already offering potentially affected customers the option to rebook or cancel their flights free of charge if necessary.

In case of flight cancellations, Austrian Airlines must provide replacement transportation to passengers, which could involve flights with other airlines, train or bus journeys or compensation for those unable to find alternatives. Both sides have stakes high in these negotiations, with the union seeking better financial terms while Austrian Airlines calculates offers based on inflation and one-off payments.

Despite the looming strike threat, both parties are open to further discussions to reach a resolution.

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