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Flight crew: Austrian Airlines avoids strike – 11 per cent more pay

The Lufthansa subsidiary has reached an agreement with its crews. Not only are they looking to make more money, but they are also looking to cover the cost of cleaning their uniforms.

Austrian Airlines has reached an agreement with trade union Vida and the in-flight labor council on a new collective agreement for approximately 3,500 airline employees. Thus, the risk of a strike in Austrian Lufthansa was averted.

“The collectively agreed and actual salaries will be increased by 11 percent retroactively from March 1, 2023,” says Veda. One is especially pleased that the starting salaries of cabin crew are increasing. “Retroactively from January 1, 2023, the total minimum wage for cabin crew will be increased to between €2,000 (first year of service) and €2,060 per month (third year of service),” the union explains the agreement.

Free crew meals ASAP

Staff will also receive a tax-free inflation bonus for 2023. Details of this will be worked out by the negotiating partners in the next few days. With retrospective effect from January 1, 2023, the entire savings package and pension fund contributions will also be terminated in full.

“It also means that from May 1, 2023, the costs of cleaning uniforms will be borne by the company again,” says Vida. “As soon as possible, free crew meals on long missions and bottled water in hotel rooms should also be paid for again.”