Breaking the Silence: Austrian Airlines Employee Plight Leaves Unions Demanding More

The AUA is struggling to locate individuals

Austrian Airlines employee had hoped for both sides to compromise during negotiations, but the salary offered was not enough for employees to sustain themselves. The significant pay disparity between the parent company Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines for the same work led to a high turnover rate among young employees who could not afford to stay in their jobs long-term due to the demanding nature of work and low pay.

Some colleagues struggled to make ends meet, especially those who needed a car to commute to work. Some were forced to rely on their parents for transportation or move back in with them. The union Vida’s demands, including better income potential, access to meals around the clock, and suitable accommodation near the airport, were seen as necessary by employees.

The job requirements had become more physically demanding, and schedules were often unpredictable, causing stress for employees with families. In some cases, access to food options was limited, leading employees to bring their own meals or cook in their rooms. The demand for amenities like a pool and fitness area was essential for employees’ physical fitness to perform their duties effectively.

While some aspects of the demands may have seemed excessive to outsiders, employees believed they were necessary for their well-being and ability to perform their duties effectively. The focus was on staying rested and well-fed to be able to respond quickly and efficiently in emergencies while dealing with the constant physical toll of the job, especially on flight attendants’ feet.

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