The pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit accuses Lufthansa of wanting to get into the leisure business "with a crowbar" via the planned vacation airline Ocean. The concept is clearly based on the functionality of the Swiss subsidiary Edelweiss and is to be launched as a second product line alongside the Lufthansa Classic at the Frankfurt and Munich hubs.
“The question arises as to whether Lufthansa has to spend so much money in the middle of the biggest crisis since September 11th to compete with the already ailing carriers Condor and Tui in the tourism business. We are assuming years of start-up losses ”, says Markus Wahl, President of the Cockpit Association.
The routes, which will soon be flying under the commercial responsibility of Ocean, are to be managed by employees from the group by then. Nevertheless, the jobs are currently being advertised again. “The employees are not considered to be set, but then have to reapply on their own routes under significantly worse conditions and can only hope for a temporary job. One can only shake one's head at such an approach, ”continued Wahl.
Marcel Gröls, Chairman of VC's Tariff Policy: “Ocean should serve the premium segment of tourism to and from Germany. But premium has its price - Lufthansa shouldn't be too bad to hire employees on tariff terms. ”So far, the group has not planned to hire employees on tariff terms that apply to the Passage.
“We ask the group to rate Ocean-GmbH with us,” continues Gröls, “a company like Lufthansa has to plan seriously. If Ocean's profitability is only given on non-tariff terms, Ocean will not be successful in the long term. Because one thing is certain: We will take care of the tariffs in good time. Because no employee will accept the long-term offer to meet the highest quality requirements, but to have to forego the security of a collective agreement. "