Impending strike by on-board staff looms nearer

There is a growing concern that Austrian Airlines staff may go on strike this week, potentially affecting over 3,500 employees. Negotiations for a collective agreement were held on Sunday but ended without any results. The union and the airline have expressed a willingness to continue talking, but there appears to be a stalemate in the negotiations.

The main issue at stake is the numbers proposed by Austrian Airlines (AUA), specifically their offer of an 18 percent table increase for all employees and a 28 percent increase for co-pilots. However, the union has rejected this offer due to how it is calculated. According to the AUA, they are ready to discuss their proposal once there is substantial movement from the union.

The possibility of flight cancellations looms as tensions remain high between the two sides. If such cancellations occur, Austrian Airlines has already assured customers that they will be offered a one-time, free rebooking or cancellation of their flights. Passengers also have the right to alternative transport in case of cancellations, which could include flights with other airlines or train or bus journeys depending on the distance. Additionally, passengers would be entitled to compensation if no viable alternatives are available.

It remains to be seen whether both sides can come to an agreement before Thursday and Friday’s strike deadline.

By Samantha Johnson

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