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Impending strike by on-board staff looms nearer

A strike threat by on-board staff at Austrian Airlines is looming this Thursday and Friday, involving at least 3,500 employees. Negotiations for a collective agreement on Sunday ended without any results, and on Monday, there were no further negotiations planned. Both sides, however, have signaled a willingness to continue talking. The union has expressed readiness to negotiate at any time, while the airline is also open to discussions.

Despite the willingness to negotiate, there seems to be a stalemate in the negotiations. The main contention lies in the numbers, particularly in the AUA’s offer which includes an 18 percent table increase for everyone and 28 percent for co-pilots, but the union rejects this offer due to the way it is calculated. The AUA maintains that they are ready to talk about their offer once there is a substantial movement from the union.

The possibility of flight cancellations looms as the strike threat persists. If flight cancellations do occur, the AUA has already offered affected customers a one-time, free rebooking or cancellation of their flights. Passengers have the right to alternative transport in case of cancellations, which could range from flights with other airlines to train or bus journeys, depending on the distance. Passengers would also have the right to compensation if no viable alternative is available.

As tensions rise between Austrian Airlines and its on-board staff union over working conditions and pay demands, passengers are bracing themselves for potential disruptions in their travel plans.

Despite ongoing talks between Austrian Airlines and its on-board staff union over pay demands and working conditions, a strike threat looms this Thursday and Friday involving at least 3,500 employees.

Negotiations for a collective agreement on Sunday ended without any results and on Monday there were no further talks planned. However both sides signaled their willingness to continue talking.

The main contention lies in numbers particularly with regards to Austrian Airlines (AUA) offer which includes an 18% table increase for everyone and 28% for co-pilots but which has been rejected by Union due to calculation method used.

While both sides are open to negotiations Union has expressed readiness to negotiate at any time while airline waits for significant movement from them.

Passengers may face flight cancellations if strike goes ahead as Austrian Airlines has already offered them a one-time free rebooking or cancellation of their flights along with alternative transport options such as flights with other airlines or train/bus journeys based on distance.

In addition passengers will also have right

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