Verdi and VC disagree over responsibility at Lauda

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

Verdi and VC disagree over responsibility at Lauda

Luggage trolley at Stuttgart Airport (Photo: Jan Gruber).
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Two unions do not agree on jurisdiction over the Lauda collective agreement. Now the Cockpit Association is strongly criticizing the Verdi and even holds out the prospect that a possible degree will not be recognized.

In the struggle for the future of the two German Lauda bases, Düsseldorf and Stuttgart, a scramble for the competencies between the Verdi and Vereinigung Cockpit unions is now looming. The former represents the cabin crew and has only a few members among the pilots. The vast majority of the unionized Lauda pilots in Germany are in the VC.

Since the Ryanair subsidiary Lauda kept an enormous distance from the employee representatives until around April 2020, but surprisingly demanded the conclusion of a collective agreement with Verdi including a deadline, a delimitation agreement was already discussed in the course of short-time work between VC and Verdi. However, this has not yet been completed. According to reports, the Lauda management intends to negotiate exclusively with Verdi.

An internal circular from the VC shows that the competing union has already largely negotiated the collective agreement with the employer. This is now being met with displeasure at Vereinigung Cockpit, because it was previously of the opinion that the pilot's agendas were not negotiated by Verdi, but by the VC. One now feels confronted with a fait accompli and severely criticizes the Verdi's behavior. The procedure has no added value for the VC members.

They do not want to accept a possible conclusion of the Verdi and announce in the member's letter that the employer has probably underestimated the Cockpit Association. The scandalous conditions that were “punched through” in Austria and may now be waved through by Verdi in Germany will not be taken idly. All rights arising from collective and individual labor law will be exhausted. First of all, however, the VC wants to wait for the next few days to develop.

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