Verdi negotiates with ryanair about German flight attendants

Verdi negotiates with ryanair about german flight attendants

The trade union verdi says it will begin negotiations this wednesday on a national collective bargaining agreement with the irish low-cost carrier.

The central demands include a substantial pay increase, verdi announced in berlin on monday. Due to seasonal fluctuations and a lack of flight hour guarantees, even some full-time employees could only receive up to 1,000 euros gross per month as a base salary.

"This is completely unacceptable," said federal board member christine behle. Ryanair must also recognize german social law on continued pay in the event of illness. Verdi also wants to tackle temporary work, loaned labor and short-term transfers.

The ufo cabin crew union, which competes with verdi in germany, is negotiating in parallel with the irish airline but, unlike verdi, has not yet signed a recognition agreement. Under german collective bargaining law, however, formal recognition is not mandatory in order to reach a collective agreement.

Both unions coordinate with professional organizations from other countries in two separate networks at european level. There have already been flight attendant strikes at ryanair in belgium, spain, portugal and italy.

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