On-board staff strike looming closer

Austrian Airlines on Strike Threat as Collective Agreement Talks Derail: Potential Costs and Fallout for Passengers

Austrian Airlines is facing a strike threat by on-board staff involving at least 3,500 employees. Collective agreement negotiations were terminated without a resolution on Sunday, and no negotiations took place on Monday. However, both parties indicate a willingness to continue discussions.

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

According to AUA spokeswoman Sophie Matkovits, the airline is eager to discuss their offer but requires a significant movement from the union. Matkovits added that a decision regarding flight cancellations due to the strike threat will be made on Tuesday. The potential cancellation of 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.

If flight cancellations occur, 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. The stake in negotiations is high for both sides, with the union seeking better financial terms while the airline 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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