A collective agreement is now also to be concluded in Germany. There could be up to 20 percent less wages for the higher earners. From the management's point of view, job cuts are inevitable.
For the Lauda crews in Düsseldorf and Stuttgart, the Friday evening initially brought good news, 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, the rejection of short-time work will continue to be sued and the timing of a possible approval is uncertain.
But the following paragraph should look familiar to my colleagues in Vienna. The Lauda management writes that the Dusseldorf and Stuttgart bases within the Ryanair network show an unacceptable performance. Similar arguments were made in Austria and, in addition to the corona crisis, cited as a reason for a new collective agreement.
In Germany there is currently no collective agreement and they have announced that they want to conclude one with the union. According to the present circular, wages are to fall by up to 20 percent (“for higher earners”). The two bases must deliver greater efficiency to demonstrate Lauda's value within the Ryanair Group. It can also be read that job cuts in Stuttgart and Düsseldorf are “inevitable”.
A so-called key points paper for the conclusion of a collective agreement is to be drawn up by June 21, 2020. This should also form the basis for flight operations to be resumed in Stuttgart and Düsseldorf "hopefully in July 2020". This is currently planned to be reduced and for the time being there will only be flights on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This creates an "overhang of crews". What is not mentioned: Also an overhang of aircraft, because some machines were transferred from Vienna to Stuttgart and Düsseldorf.
In a direct comparison with the course of events at the Vienna base, it should be noted that the tone in Germany is much more friendly and subliminal threats have been dispensed with. This could possibly also be due to the fact that the German trade union Verdi is extremely experienced in dealing with Ryanair and its subsidiary Malta Air. A few weeks ago an official told Aviation.Direct that there is almost nothing that Verdi has not yet experienced in connection with Ryanair, but that there are always new surprises 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 an Austrian collective agreement. However, the processes that lead to the conclusion differ enormously in some cases.