Austrian Airlines on Brink of Strike as Collective Agreement Negotiations Falter

On-board staff strike looming closer

Austrian Airlines is facing a potential strike threat from its on-board staff, involving at least 3,500 employees. The strike has been threatened since Sunday when collective agreement negotiations were terminated without a resolution and no negotiations took place on Monday. However, both parties are open to continuing 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.

AUA spokeswoman Sophie Matkovits mentions that the airline is eager to discuss their offer but requires significant movement from the union. Matkovits adds that a decision regarding flight cancellations due to the strike threat will be made on Tuesday. 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.

The stake in negotiations is high for both sides 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 remain open to further discussions to reach a resolution.

If flight cancellations occur, 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.

Overall, both sides must come together quickly and work towards an agreement before it’s too late for all parties involved in this situation.

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