Impending strike by on-board staff looms nearer

Austrian Airlines Faces Potential Strike by On-Board Staff This Weekend: Negotiations Falter as Flight Cancellations loom

Austrian Airlines is facing a potential strike by on-board staff this Thursday and Friday, with at least 3,500 employees involved. Negotiations for a collective agreement on Sunday ended without any results, and there were no further negotiations planned for Monday. Both sides have indicated a willingness to continue talking. The union has expressed readiness to negotiate at any time, while the airline is also open to discussions.

Despite both sides’ willingness to negotiate, there seems to be a stalemate in the talks. The main contention lies in the numbers, particularly in the AUA’s offer which includes an 18 percent table increase for everyone and 28 percent for co-pilots, but the union rejects this offer due to the way it is calculated. The AUA maintains that they are ready to talk about their offer once there is a substantial movement from the union.

The possibility of flight cancellations looms as the strike threat persists. If flight cancellations do occur, the AUA has already offered affected customers a one-time, free rebooking or cancellation of their flights. Passengers have the right to alternative transport in case of cancellations, which could range from flights with other airlines to train or bus journeys, depending on the distance. Passengers would also have the right to compensation if no viable alternative is available.

The ongoing strike threat at Austrian Airlines has caused concern among passengers and employees alike. While both sides are willing to negotiate, it seems that they are not making significant progress towards an agreement. The main contention lies in the numbers offered by Austrian Airlines, particularly in relation to how they are calculated.

If flight cancellations do occur during this period of unrest at Austrian Airlines, passengers will have several options available to them for alternative transport. The airline has already offered free rebooking or cancellation of affected flights and compensation if no viable alternative is available.

While both sides remain committed to resolving this dispute through negotiation, it remains uncertain whether an agreement will be reached soon enough to prevent flight cancellations and mitigate concerns among passengers and employees alike.

In conclusion, Austrian Airlines faces a potential strike by on-board staff this Thursday and Friday with at least 3,500 employees involved. Negotiations for a collective agreement have been ongoing but without any concrete results yet. There are concerns about flight cancellations and how passengers will be affected by these disruptions.

It remains uncertain whether an agreement will be reached soon enough or if there will be further delays before we see resolution at Austrian Airlines.

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