Collective agreement should now also be concluded in Germany. There could be up to 20 percent less wages for the higher earners. Management believes that job cuts are inevitable.
The Friday evening initially brought good news for the Lauda crews in Düsseldorf and Stuttgart, because the management announced in a circular that the parent company Ryanair had provided the financial means for the payment of the May wages. However, complaints will continue to be filed against the rejection of short-time work and the timing of a possible approval is uncertain.
But the following paragraph should appear familiar to colleagues in Vienna in particular. The Lauda management writes that the bases in Düsseldorf and Stuttgart have an unacceptable performance within the Ryanair network. A similar argument was used in Austria and, in addition to the corona crisis, given as the reason for a new collective agreement.
In Germany, there is currently no collective agreement and announces that you now want to conclude one with the union. According to the present circular, wages should drop by up to 20 percent (“for higher earners”). The two bases must deliver greater efficiency to demonstrate the value of Lauda within the Ryanair Group. It can also be read that the job cuts in Stuttgart and Düsseldorf are “inevitable”.
A key point paper for the conclusion of a collective agreement is to be prepared by June 21, 2020. This should also form the basis for the resumption of flight operations in Stuttgart and Düsseldorf “hopefully in July 2020”. This is currently planned to be reduced and for the time being only to be flown on the traffic days Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This results in an “overhang of crews”. What is not mentioned: Also an overhang on aircraft, because some machines were transferred from Vienna to Stuttgart and Düsseldorf.
In a direct comparison with the course of events at the base in Vienna, it should be noted that the pitch in Germany is much friendlier and that there are no subliminal threats. This could possibly also be due to the fact that the German union Verdi is extremely experienced in dealing with Ryanair and its subsidiary Malta Air. A functionary told AviationNetOnline a few weeks ago that there is almost nothing that Verdi has not yet experienced in connection with Ryanair, but there are always new surprises coming from Dublin. Malta Air and Ryanair have a collective agreement signed by Verdi. Lauda currently has no such agreement in Germany. The meaning and purpose of a German collective agreement is comparable to that of the Austrian collective agreement. However, the processes leading to the conclusion differ enormously in some cases.
The following Lauda employees received the circular on Friday: