Power poker at Eurowings Germany – Management stops growth with immediate effect

Tail fins from Eurowings and Lufthansa (Photo: Robert Spohr).
Tail fins from Eurowings and Lufthansa (Photo: Robert Spohr).

Power poker at Eurowings Germany – Management stops growth with immediate effect

Tail fins from Eurowings and Lufthansa (Photo: Robert Spohr).
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The deadline set by Eurowings for the union the previous evening passed without result.

In the dispute between the management of Eurowings Germany (EWD) and the Cockpit Association (VC), the management is now pulling blank. As announced by Eurowings early this afternoon, growth at EWD will be stopped with "immediate effect". The four days of the strike, together with the corresponding damage caused by the strike, are given as the reason for this. As a result, the Lufthansa subsidiary cannot continue the expansion of its German flight operations in the "planned form".

Specifically, Eurowings announced that the fleet at "EWD" planned for 2023 will be reduced by 5 aircraft from the planned 81 to just 76 aircraft with immediate effect. The further consequences will also be discussed, the planned recruitment of 200 additional positions in the cockpit and cabin will be stopped with immediate effect. Pilots undergoing training at Eurowings Germany are now initially given fixed-term contracts.

Finally, the sign "with the fence post" is given in the direction of the cockpit staff who are already employed. Due to the reduced fleet size, Eurowings Germany will of course also need fewer captains, which means that all upcoming promotions from co-pilots to captains will also be stopped with immediate effect. Yesterday afternoon, Eurowings had given the Cockpit Association a deadline of 21:30 p.m. yesterday evening in the current wage dispute about future working conditions in order to end the strikes immediately. Dthis "deadline", which accompanied the threat of the reduction announced today, the union appears to have passed without any reaction. On today, the second day of the pilots' strike, Eurowings had to cancel almost every second flight. Now the management has created facts, we can eagerly await the reaction of the VC.

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