· Entry-level salaries for flight attendants rise significantly
· More flexibility on flight duty regulations
After a negotiation marathon, the representatives of employer and employees at Austrian Airlines agreed today in the morning hours of May 1, 2018 on a key points paper for the period 2018-2021. It involves salary increases and more flexible work and operational regulations for the flying personnel.
Actual salaries for cabin crew and pilots are expected to increase by +5.5% in 2018, by 2.5% in 2019, by 1.83% in 2020 and by at least 1.4% in 2021.
"We are pleased that after a real marathon of negotiations we have concluded a four-year collective agreement in the morning hours of May 1, 2018. This long-term agreement will certainly bring peace to the company and open up perspectives for our employees", said Austrian Head of HR Nathalie Rau and Accountable Jens Ritter, who led the negotiating team on the employer side.
Special attention was paid to raising the starting salaries for flight attendants. These are to be increased by 10.7% from EUR 1,533 to EUR 1,700 gross. The allowances for managers in the cabin will also be increased.
At the same time, flight duty regulations are to be made more flexible in order to better compensate seasonal fluctuations in passenger demand.
Austrian Airlines currently employs around 7,000 people, including over 1,200 pilots and 2,400 flight attendants. In 2017 alone, 500 employees were added, mainly in the cabin and cockpit areas.