Ryanair closes Lauda-base in Vienna

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Ryanair subsidiary Lauda, is closing its base at Vienna International Airport after a dispute with the Vida trade union. According to the company, 300 jobs will be affected. The base will be closed on May 29.

The airline had given the union an ultimatum, but it has refused to sign a new collective bargaining agreement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with substantial wage cuts for employees.

“We didn’t sign this and we’re not going to sign”, a Vida spokesperson is quoted  in the daily newspaper “Die Press”. She said they would not be blackmailed and do not sign a contract which is subject to a net monthly starting salary of €848 (US$924) for flight attendants, clearly below the minimum security level in Vienna.

Lauda Air has spread its 28 Airbus A320s over a total of five bases: Palma de Mallorca, Zadar (Croatia), Stuttgart, Düsseldorf and just Vienna.

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