Austrian Airlines Concentrates on Reaching a Negotiated Agreement

Published on : Friday, September 12, 2014

austrian-airlines-logo “Today I presented a positive assessment to the Austrian Airlines Supervisory Board concerning the status of negotiations on the collective wage agreement and asked the board for more time“, says Tyrolean Airlines ManDirector Klaus Froese, summarizing the situation with respect to the talks being held with employee representatives.


“The difficult economic situation and the decision announced today by the ECJ have strengthened our commitment to trying to work out an amicable agreement at the negotiating table“, adds the chief negotiator on the employer’s side.

As is generally known, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) announced today that it upheld the opinion of the advocate general with regard to the after-effects of the terminated Austrian Airlines collective wage agreement on the flight personnel.


However, the final decisions have to be made by Austrian courts. Moreover, the issue of whether the transfer of flight operations to Tyrolean in 2012 was lawful has also not been resolved.

“We acknowledge this court decision and respect it. However, in connection with the special competitive situation in Austria, it additionally burdens our economic standing.


This is because we compete with airlines at the Vienna hub which operate on the basis of more favorable concepts, for example temporary staffing models and generally without a collective wage agreement.


Ultimately, the judgment handed down in Luxembourg makes it difficult for us to defend our position as a quality airline against the competition.


However, we will fight with all the energy at our disposal and with conviction to safeguard our jobs and for a strong airline at the Vienna location”, says Austrian Airlines CEO Jaan Albrecht.

The Management of Tyrolean Airway is convinced that the negotiations are worthwhile and may lead to a successful outcome.


However, from today’s perspective a failure of negotiations on a new collective wage agreement cannot be excluded.


For this reason, the Executive Board nevertheless decided to develop alternative scenarios and will present them in an extraordinary meeting of the Supervisory Board in early October. The Supervisory Board fully supports this decision.

Source:- Austrian Airlines

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