It’s a “mockery,” says Sandrine Nicoli Voss, president of the Capers Guild, which represents the cabin crew. Disrespectful, “Anything but sensitivity in light of the recently announced layoffs.” Even worse: “a slap in the face of the staff.”
The background to these lively words is an advertisement for the new low-cost airline Eurowings Discover. Take off for the first time on Saturday. Destination: Mombasa (Kenya). Departure from Frankfurt. The fleet will initially consist of three long-haul aircraft, but should already have 21 aircraft by the middle of next year.
Accordingly, the new low-cost arm of the Lufthansa Group is looking for employees. An inexperienced flight attendant receives €2000 for a full-time participation like everyone else Empty can be removed. Total. 33 days off. Plus an additional amount by participating in onboard sales.
This is minuscule compared to Switzerland, where huge numbers of staff are being cut. 550 Swiss employees received notice of termination in June. The hostess is most affected. Fleet size will be reduced by 15 percent.
Dismantling in Switzerland, construction in Frankfurt. This is the first cause of anger. Two: Switzerland encourages its employees to apply for a low-cost airline. The Eurowings Discover ad is being posted on the Swiss intranet, CH Media reports. Accordingly, the union aroused the wrath of the media union newspapers.
Nikolic Vos says there is a suspicion that Lufthansa wants to take advantage of the crisis to lower its costs in the long run at the expense of staff.
Trouble with cheap strategy
This isn’t the first time there has been excitement about Lufthansa’s new low-cost subsidiary. In the spring, German media reported that even experienced pilots earn about 20 thousand euros less than Germanwings, which have now been discontinued.
“Conditions are chaotic,” Tayyar was quoted as saying. A social partnership is not planned.
In addition, Lufthansa founded Sunexpress last summer – and encouraged employees to apply to Eurowings Discover. For much worse conditions. (ISE)
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