After lengthy negotiations and an unmistakable threat of strikes, the pilots' union Aeropers and the airline Swiss were able to agree on the cornerstones of a new collective labor agreement during the night from Sunday to Monday.
The talks dragged on for a long time. The collective bargaining partners have been negotiating with each other for over a year without any result. Since April 1, 2022 there has been no CLA contract for the Swiss pilots. In an "open-end meeting" the trade unionists and representatives of the management of the airline were able to find a compromise in the night from Sunday to Monday.
In a broadcast, Aeropers emphasizes that the possible strike could be avoided in this way. President Clemens Kopetz: “We have always emphasized that we want to reach a solution at the negotiating table. We kept our word."
The agreement on the cornerstones of the new collective employment agreement provides, among other things, that there will be improvements in the areas of plannability of social life and salaries. After drafting the new GAV, Aeropers will present it to its members for voting.
"I'm glad that Aeropers and we were able to agree on the cornerstones of a new collective labor agreement for the cockpit staff after a difficult negotiation process that lasted almost two years," says Swiss CEO Dieter Vranckx. "This is an important success for everyone involved, which brings us as a company and our customers back to the usual calm. I am convinced that with the new collective labor agreement we have created both a good basis for the future of our pilots and the stability that is so important for Swiss".
Last week, Swiss was also able to agree on the wage round for 2023 with the social partners of the ground staff. Negotiations with Kapers, the social partner for cabin crew, about a new collective labor agreement are still in progress. "I trust that we will reach an agreement here by the end of November," said Vranckx.