June 21, 2024

Austrian Airlines Faces Strike Threat from On-Board Staff: Will Negotiations Succeed?

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On-board staff strike looming closer

Austrian Airlines is facing a strike threat from its on-board staff, with at least 3,500 employees involved. Collective agreement negotiations ended without a resolution on Sunday, and no talks took place on Monday. However, both the union and the airline have expressed a willingness to continue discussions.

The vida unionist Daniel Liebhart has stated that the union is prepared to negotiate at any time and has set aside a room for negotiations at the ÖGB. The union has emphasized the importance of financial numbers in their offer and has approached Austrian Airlines to discuss it further.

According to AUA spokeswoman Sophie Matkovits, the airline is eager to discuss their offer but requires a significant movement from the union. Matkovits adds that a decision regarding flight cancellations due to the strike threat will be made on Tuesday. If this happens, approximately 430 flights for 52,000 passengers 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 for passengers, which could involve flights with other airlines or train/bus journeys or compensation for those unable to find alternatives. Both sides have high stakes in these negotiations as the union seeks better financial terms while Austrian Airlines calculates offers based on inflation and one-off payments. Despite this looming strike threat, both parties are open to further discussions to reach a resolution.

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