Lauda increases the pressure on German employees

Luggage trolley at Stuttgart Airport (Photo: Jan Gruber).
Luggage trolley at Stuttgart Airport (Photo: Jan Gruber).

Lauda increases the pressure on German employees

Luggage trolley at Stuttgart Airport (Photo: Jan Gruber).
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If no collective agreement for the staff in Düsseldorf and Stuttgart is signed with Verdi on Thursday and the employees refuse their consent by July 7, 2020, all should be terminated.

The management of the Austrian Ryanair subsidiary Lauda informed its employees in Stuttgart and Düsseldorf on Tuesday that a final meeting with the Verdi union would take place on Thursday, July 2nd, 2020. If a new collective agreement is signed in this, the two bases should remain open. Otherwise, all employees in Germany will be terminated at the end of the summer flight schedule.

If the collective agreement between Verdi and Lauda is concluded, the closure of the two bases will be stopped. As in Austria, employees must give their consent to the new agreement. In Vienna, the 94 people on the flight crew who had not responded with "I accept" were separated.

In Germany, however, the situation is quite tricky in another respect, because management insists on negotiating exclusively with the Verdi union. There are no concrete negotiations with either the Cockpit Association or UFO. The VC announced a few days ago that they felt they were being ripped off by Verdi and even indicated that they might not be able to recognize the collective agreement negotiated by Verdi. The collective bargaining commission, however, consists exclusively of members of the Verdi union, who are said to be in the majority among cabin crew. According to the Cockpit Association, there should be significantly more VC members among pilots and only a few pilots should be organized in the Verdi. This definitely leads to a conflict of competence and the formulation of the Lauda management in a letter to the pilots in Düsseldorf and Stuttgart “your union Verdi” naturally got angry with the VC pilots. The further development therefore remains to be seen.

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