COLOGNE/BONN – The Verdi trade union has announced a temporary token strike for the Eurowings Group’s flight operations “Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter” and “Eurowings Germany” at its Düsseldorf location for tomorrow morning, 20 November. Verdi is calling for the relevant cabin staff to walk out from 4.30 in the morning until 12 noon.
The temporary token strike is limited to the Düsseldorf location. At all the other twelve locations, Eurowings will carry out its more than 700 daily flights as scheduled. Even at the temporarily affected Düsseldorf site, Eurowings expects that the vast majority of its flights will go ahead as planned.
The call for strike action is being made even though Eurowings had already arranged the dates for the next meeting with Verdi. Frank Bauer, Eurowings Managing Director and Head of Human Resources, said, “This behaviour is no longer comprehensible for anyone. With its repeated escalation and the creation of phoney threats and pressure, Verdi is increasingly losing its reputation as a reliable social partner.” Bauer has called for Verdi not to pursue union policy at the expense of passengers and employees. “Solutions are only possible at the negotiating table – we are still willing to talk.”
So far, Verdi has refused to provide concrete solutions for employees due to campaign tactics, because it is in competition with other unions at Eurowings. Bauer said, “The gratuitous call for a strike is supposed to indicate strength but not only does it harm our customers, it also harms our company and therefore our employees.”
The Eurowings Group’s continuing willingness to enter negotiations and find solutions in relation to its social partners is evidenced by the 14 collective bargaining agreements which the company has concluded with four different trade unions – including Verdi – in the record time of just one year. Bauer said, “It remains our clear goal to work with Verdi as well to develop further prospects and solutions for our employees. However, to do this it is necessary to stick to agreements already reached jointly.”
Eurowings regrets any inconvenience caused to passengers and will, of course, do its utmost to minimise the impact on passengers and operations. Customers who have booked a flight with Eurowings from Düsseldorf for tomorrow are asked to check the status of their flights in good time online at www.eurowings.com, on the Eurowings customer app or via the Eurowings hotline (+49 180 6 320 320).