Austrian Airlines Strike Threat: Unions Seek Better Financials while AUA Counts Costs

On-board staff strike looming closer

Austrian Airlines is facing a potential strike threat by its on-board staff, involving at least 3,500 employees. Collective agreement negotiations were terminated without a resolution on Sunday and no talks took place on Monday. However, both parties have indicated that they are willing 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 emphasized the importance of financial numbers in their offer and approach to Austrian Airlines.

AUA spokeswoman Sophie Matkovits mentions that the airline is eager to discuss their offer but requires significant movement from the union. She adds that 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 as the union seeks better financial terms while Austrian Airlines calculates offers based on inflation and one-off payments.

Despite the looming strike threat, both parties remain open to further discussions to reach a resolution.

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