Ryanair concludes crisis agreement with German flight attendants

Ryanair jet at Weeze Airport

The airline speaks of moderate wage cuts and the preservation of German jobs.

(Photo: AP)

Dublin, Berlin The low-cost airline Ryanair After reaching an agreement with its German pilots, agreed with the local flight attendants on wage cuts due to the corona crisis. The company and the Verdi union announced this on Wednesday.

Ryanair reported moderate wage cuts and the preservation of German jobs. Verdi representative Susana Pereira Ventura spoke of a very difficult decision for the employees. However, the majority of them agreed to the outcome of the negotiations in a member survey.

The agreement was signed between Verdi and the Ryanair subsidiary Malta Air, which employs the flight attendants and pilots stationed in Germany. According to Verdi, the agreement includes an exclusion of operational changes and termination dismissals for the duration of short-time work.

In return, the roughly 500 cabin employees will initially forego the tariff increases that were actually planned for the near future, as a Verdi spokesman explained. In addition, both sides have agreed to extend the social plan beyond the crisis. How long the agreement should run exactly remained open – as was the question of government support.

Malta Air asked the responsible Cologne employment agency and the federal government again to pay Malta Air employees short-time work benefits. The dispute has been going on since the summer. The question of whether Malta Air actually has a business operation in Germany is disputed.

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