Curious: Lauda Europe is courting fired Lauda employees

This poster is located next to the entrance to the Lauda office in Schwechat (Photo: Johann Gruber).
This poster is located next to the entrance to the Lauda office in Schwechat (Photo: Johann Gruber).

Curious: Lauda Europe is courting fired Lauda employees

This poster is located next to the entrance to the Lauda office in Schwechat (Photo: Johann Gruber).
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The flying personnel at the Lauda base in Stuttgart were terminated a few weeks ago and are due to leave the company on October 31, 2020. There are no alternative uses for the flight attendants and pilots. But now some Stuttgart Lauda employees are receiving letters from the Maltese Lauda Europe Ltd. in which a job in Düsseldorf is offered.

Almost at the same time, however, there was a wave of layoffs at the base in North Rhine-Westphalia. Many employees of the flying personnel have received the "blue letter". The others were offered a job at Lauda Europe Ltd. sent. Approval to change employers should be given by August 27, 2020.

In Stuttgart, terminated employees of the Austrian Laudamotion GmbH found the letter signed by Richard Higgins, one of the managing directors of Lauda Europe Ltd., a real farce. In the present letter it is pointed out that the conditions of the key issues paper, to which one has agreed, will be adopted. Only: The Lauda employees concerned refused to give their consent, which ultimately led to the Stuttgart base being closed. At first it was said that there was no longer any use for them and now jobs are being offered in Düsseldorf. A bit opaque and confusing, my terminated flight attendants from the Stuttgart base. The job offer is also only valid until August 27, 2020 and can only be accepted with a prefabricated text.

Lauda Europe Ltd. is based in Birkirkara (Malta) and is to operate the Airbus A320 fleet of today's Laudamotion GmbH, which is to be closed. Ryanair Board Member David O'Brien, who is also the Maltese company's Chief Executive Officer, will serve as Accountable Manager. Richard Higgins, Angelo Buhagiar and Neil Sorahan are registered as other managing directors in the Maltese company register. The two last-mentioned managers are also managing directors of the sister company Malta Air Ltd., with whom, by the way, the office in Birkirkara is shared. Laudamotion GmbH managing director Andreas Gruber appears on the Maltese extract from the commercial register of Lauda Europe Ltd. not on. He himself refuses any information about his personal future at Laudamotion GmbH, Lauda Europe Ltd. or within the Ryanair Group.

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