AUA Threatened by Strikes
After Austrian Airlines´ supervisory board resolved the transfer of undertakings, the Lufthansa subsidiary may face strikes.
Yesterday, AUA´s supervisory board decided to move the operating part of the airline to the own subsidiary Tyrolean. The regional airline´s salaries are lower by 25% compared to those of AUA. AUA´s CEO Jaan Albrecht underlined that the step was essential for AUA´s survival.
AUA´s management anticipates generating savings of € 45m. Not only the automatic salary increase mechanism will be abolished, but also the generous severance payment system. The reduction in personnel costs is the core part of the austerity package.
For the trade union, AUA´s management provoked the conflict from the very beginning. Rudolf Kaske, head of the trade union vida said that strikes are not excluded. By contrast, the works council at AUA does not speak about strikes. Vida emphasizes to fight against the transfer of undertakings by all means. The trade union said that the legal point of view of AUA´s management is incomprehensible. Before, the trade union also announced to file a complaint at the High Courts.
On Monday, AUA´s workforce will arrange a works meeting. Delays at AUA´s air traffic are expected. Also within the airline´s workforce, the atmosphere is bad. Pilots of Tyrolean and AUA are accusing each other to have worsened the situation. After the collective agreement of AUA´s pilots was terminated by the management, the trade union terminated the collective agreement at Tyrolean in order to reach a new one for the whole group.