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On-board staff strike looming closer

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Mar 25, 2024

A strike threat by on-board staff at Austrian Airlines looms for this week, 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 states 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 the financial numbers in their offer.

AUA spokeswoman Sophie Matkovits mentions that 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. 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.

In the event of flight cancellations, the airline 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 is calculating 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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