Threatening strikes by Eurowings ground staff in Palma de Mallorca

Airbus A320 (Photo: Robert Spohr).
Airbus A320 (Photo: Robert Spohr).

Threatening strikes by Eurowings ground staff in Palma de Mallorca

Airbus A320 (Photo: Robert Spohr).
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The summer holidays are just around the corner, and while many Germans are looking forward to their vacation, an unexpected challenge threatens to put a damper on their travel plans. An impending strike by ground staff at Palma de Mallorca airport could lead to significant disruptions to air traffic. The airline Eurowings, which is one of the main providers of flights between Germany and Mallorca, would be particularly affected.

According to a report by the Spanish media outlet “Hosteltur”, Eurowings ground staff at Palma de Mallorca airport are planning to hold a total of six days of strikes. The strikes are scheduled for July 1, 5, 7, 10, 12 and 13 - a period that coincides with the start of the summer holidays in several German states. This could lead to significant delays and flight cancellations, especially since Palma de Mallorca is one of the most popular travel destinations for Germans.

The reasons for the strike are complex. The ground staff are primarily criticizing the lack of willingness to negotiate on the part of the company management. According to “Hosteltur”, there were no serious negotiations and a final meeting was not agreed upon. This has led to dissatisfaction and frustration among the employees, who are now forced to draw attention to their situation through strikes.

Eurowings’ perspective

Eurowings, a subsidiary of Lufthansa, has a different view of the situation. A spokeswoman for the airline stressed that wage disputes are traditionally resolved at the negotiating table in a trusting and results-oriented manner. "We are very confident that we will succeed this time too," she explained. Further details on the ongoing negotiations were not disclosed, as Eurowings generally does not make public statements on the content of the talks.

The unions and the works council accuse Eurowings of several grievances. These include inadequate equipment and inadequate training of ground staff. These problems not only lead to increased stress on employees, but could also affect the efficiency and safety of operations at the airport. The employees' demands are therefore aimed at better working conditions, appropriate equipment and more comprehensive training programs.

Impact on tourism

The potential strikes come at a very inopportune time. Mallorca is an extremely popular holiday destination, and the island is visited by numerous tourists from Germany, especially in the summer months. According to statistics from the Spanish airport operator AENA, Palma de Mallorca airport counted more than 2019 million passengers in 29, a significant proportion of whom came from Germany.

If the strikes actually take place, numerous flights would be affected, which could lead to long waiting times, flight cancellations and possibly chaotic conditions at the airport. This could not only disrupt the travel plans of many holidaymakers, but also damage the image of Eurowings and the airport operators.

Possible solutions and outlook

In order to avert the impending strikes and reach an agreement, a constructive dialogue between management and employee representatives is essential. The concerns and demands of ground staff must be taken seriously and appropriate solutions found. Improving working conditions could not only contribute to employee satisfaction, but also increase efficiency and service quality at Palma de Mallorca Airport.

Travelers can only hope that the negotiations are successful and that the strikes can be averted. Should work stoppages occur, passengers should find out about alternative travel options and possible compensation in good time.

The upcoming strikes by Eurowings ground staff at Palma de Mallorca Airport are shining a light on working conditions and negotiating practices in the aviation industry. While the summer holidays should be a time of relaxation and enjoyment for many, the planned work stoppages could lead to significant disruption. A quick and amicable solution between the parties is therefore urgently needed in the interests of all those involved.

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Amely Mizzi is Executive Assistant at Aviation Direct Malta in San Pawl il-Baħar. She previously worked in the Aircraft and Vessel Financing division at a banking group. She is considered a linguistic talent and speaks seven languages ​​fluently. She prefers to spend her free time in Austria on the ski slopes and in summer on Mediterranean beaches, practically on her doorstep in Gozo.
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