The Cockpit Association is calling on its members flying at Eurowings for a day-long strike on October 6, 2022. The union announced that the current negotiations on the collective bargaining agreement after ten rounds of negotiations "had not resulted in any significant convergence".
“The workload has increased significantly. The employer regularly exhausts the working time of the colleagues up to the permissible maximum, that cannot be permanent,” says Matthias Baier, press spokesman and board member of the Cockpit Association. "We regret the restrictions for the passengers, but due to the lack of accommodation on the part of the Eurowings management, we currently only have the option of emphasizing our demands with a labor dispute."
The Cockpit Association demands, among other things, that the pilots be relieved by reducing the maximum flight duty times while at the same time increasing the rest times. The current framework collective agreement has not been adjusted since 2015.
"We are open to talks about how we can achieve reasonable working hours for Eurowings employees in the long term," says Marcel Gröls, Chairman of the Cockpit Association. “Until now, however, it has not been possible to agree on a common path with the employer. It is not enough to sit at the negotiating table – you also have to be willing to find a solution and not present counter-demands as an offer.”
The union is calling on its cockpit members who fly for Eurowings to go on strike on October 6, 2022 from 00:00 a.m. to 23:59 p.m. Significant effects on flight operations are to be expected. Passengers should therefore regularly check the current status of their booking. From today's perspective, flights operated by Eurowings Europe, Air Baltic, Tuifly, Avion Express and other subcontractors for the low-cost airline are not affected.