Austrian’s ground workers agree crisis package

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Austrian Airlines' ground workers have agreed to shorter working hours and reduced pension scheme contributions as part of the Star Alliance member's crisis measures.

The Austrian carrier's works council and unions GPA-djp and Vida have agreed to the changes, which take effect from 1 April.

Under the deal up to 2,600 workers' hours will be reduced to 80% at 90% pay, or 90% at 95% pay, for an initial six-month extendable period, using Austrian public service funding where possible. Trainees, part-timers and low-income workers are excluded from the arrangement.

Additionally, pension fund contributions will be cut by 75% for a one-year term and the current collective agreement will be extended by two months until 31 December.

Austrian Airlines joint chiefs Peter Malanik and Andreas Bierwirth say the move is "a very important step towards overcoming the crisis", delivering "urgently needed cuts in personnel costs".

Negotiations with Austrian and Tyrolean cabin crew are continuing.