Albrecht: „Common Collective Agreement in 2012“
The CEO of Austrian Airlines is optimistic to achieve unified collective agreement for the whole workforce. Costs for the transfer of undertakings are expected to reach up to € 90m.
By July, AUA´s workforce will automatically enter the own subsidiary Tyrolean. Jaan Albrecht is optimistic that the transfer of undertakings will be cheaper than expected. In total, costs will range from € 80m to € 90m, AUA´s CEO thinks. The severance payments amount to € 55m.
In total, 341 pilots and flight attendants left the airline. Albrecht promised to take back everyone who „wants to think twice“. COO Karsten Benz currently tries to persuade pilots to stay at AUA.
Albrecht wants to adapt the collective agreement of Tyrolean after the transfer of undertakings is completed. Also the current agreement at Tyrolean would not be optimal, Albrecht asserted. „The automatic annual salary increase is abolished, but there are no guidelines for long-distance flights.“ The common collective agreement should be reached in 2012.
In September, AUA will get access to the restructuring capital, which will be provided by Lufthansa. The German airline group promised to inject € 140m in AUA after the restructuring is completed successfully. Albrecht reaffirmed to cut redundancies. Then, the modernization of AUA´s planes should start. Until March, eleven Boeing 737 plans should be sold. In return, seven Airbus A320 plans should be acquired.