Austrian, pilots reach tentative accord over wages

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Published: April 27, 2012

Austrian Airlines (OS) has struck a tentative agreement with pilots and flight attendants that could head off OS plans to shift their contracts to subsidiary Tyrolean with less generous terms, according to an internal joint email from the OS management and union Betriebsrat Bord received by ATW.

The agreement, which must be ratified, calls for buying out current contracts and replacing them with a new deal at the same pay but without automatic pay raises.

The loss-making LH subsidiary’s planned transfer of the company’s flight operations into Tyrolean as part of its €220 million ($ 289.7 million) restructuring program had set the stage for a legal battle with the company’s 600 pilots and 1,500 flight attendants (ATW Daily News, April 24). So far 40 pilots have left OS.

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