Austrian Airlines Faces Strike Threat by On-Board Staff: Unions Demand Better Financial Terms, Airlines Calculate Offers Based on Inflation and One-Off Payments

On-board staff strike looming closer

Austrian Airlines is facing a potential strike threat by its on-board staff this week, with at least 3,500 employees involved. Collective agreement negotiations broke down without a resolution on Sunday, and no talks took place on Monday. However, both parties 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, which Austrian Airlines is eager to discuss but requires significant movement from the union.

A decision regarding flight cancellations due to the strike threat will be made on Tuesday. If flights are canceled, 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 to passengers, which could involve flights with other airlines, train or bus journeys or compensation for those unable to find alternatives. Both sides have a high stake in negotiations, 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.

Austrian Airlines is facing a potential strike threat by its on-board staff this week, with at least 3,500 employees involved. Collective agreement negotiations broke down without a resolution on Sunday, and no talks took place on Monday. However, both parties have expressed a willingness to continue discussions. The vida unionist Daniel Liebhart has stated that…

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