Vida and AUA reach an agreement: more wages for flying employees

Airbus A320neo (Photo: Jan Gruber).
Airbus A320neo (Photo: Jan Gruber).

Vida and AUA reach an agreement: more wages for flying employees

Airbus A320neo (Photo: Jan Gruber).
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Two significant events were recorded at Austrian Airlines on Wednesday: On the one hand, OE-LZN carried out the first commercial flight with the Airbus A320neo machine type and, on the other hand, an agreement was reached with the Vida union on wage increases for the flying staff.

Most recently, there was a heated debate about the austerity package that was concluded at the beginning of the pandemic. In the meantime, the cost of living in Austria has increased enormously, but the AUA continued to hold on to the wage cuts. It did not look at all as if there would be no green branch without a strike or similar protest measures. Just last week, the workers' representatives threatened that the Austrian Federation of Trade Unions would decide to go on strike. At the same time, however, it was emphasized that this will only be the last resort, because the focus is still on dialogue, i.e. the negotiating table.

Austrian Airlines originally wanted to pay a maximum of 6,99 percent more wages. Previously, however, the "flying" had to accept losses of 10,08 percent after the end of short-time work. In the coming year, 12,73 percent would have been queued again. The exact extent of the savings package varies by job and income. But things are different now: as of January 1, 2023, there will be eight percent more wages and from June 1, 2023 another 12,73 percent. According to the Vida union, taking into account the previous cuts, this means an average increase of 10,4 percent.

The negotiations, which are formally conducted by the social partners, are said to have been complicated. Austrian Airlines is under pressure because of the corona pandemic, the state loans that have not yet been fully repaid and the sharp rise in costs. The latter also applies to employees, because pretty much everything has become more expensive in everyday life. Nevertheless, the “Austrian way” was once again taken. Apply public pressure, threaten to go on strike, and at the last minute there is a compromise that both sides can call fair and good.

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