Saturday, April 13, 2013

Croatia Airlines pilots threaten with strike

Pay cuts anger Croatia Airlines pilots

Croatia Airlines pilots have issued a strike threat after they refused to sign the latest collective agreement which foresees a 20% pay cut. The airline’s pilots union unanimously rejected the proposed collective agreement on Thursday. Talks between the airline’s management and pilots broke down on March 28 after which a process of reconciliation began. “Since the reconciliation has failed we plan to go on strike”, Zoran Bilić, the President of the Croatia Airlines Pilots Union said. Bilić notes that a strike date still hasn’t been set in order to give the management the opportunity to either revise the planned collective agreement or extend the previous one which expired on April 1.

The average wage of a Croatia Airlines pilot amounts to 3.000 euros, which, according to the union, is amongst the lowest in Europe. The new collective agreement would reduce pay by 20%, cut down on non working days and holidays. “Each year we are asked to work more for less”, Bilić notes. He adds that the management is constantly threatening its 137 pilots with redundancies. “We are aware of the difficult situation our airline finds itself in. It is in all of our interests for Croatia Airlines to prosper, however, in the management’s offer we see no way out of this crisis, only the continuation of this agony”, the head of the union says.

Croatia Airlines has said it has not received any official word from the head of the pilots union regarding the strike. “The new collective agreement would secure financial stability for the company and all of its employees”, the airline said in a statement. Furthermore, it adds that due to the company’s restructuring program, it cannot extend the terms of the previous collective agreement which expired at the start of April. Croatian pilots last staged a strike in March 2012.

26 comments:

  1. Does anyone know how much the pilots in other airlines in the ex-Yu region get?

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    1. At Adria seniority A320 Captains had up to 10000 EUR
      But I guess that has changed now to

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  2. Zagreb airport apron: http://www.zagreb-airport.hr/g71.aspx :(
    I just wanted to say it explains why the situation is so bad at Croatia.

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    1. lol why? The tarmac is empty, the morning flights have left.

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    2. Well it does look depressing. Do they have jetways in Zag? I can't see any. How do they do in winter than? Thanks for clarifications.

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    3. Current Zagreb Airport Terminal hasn't got jetways/passenger boarding bridges, but this will change soon, as new 70 000sqm terminal is about to be constructed, largest terminal in the region btw by far and with projected long term capacity of 15 million.

      In first phase the new terminal will have 12 passenger boarding bridges but as terminal is expanded number of passenger boarding bridges will also increase to max capacity of 24 bridges.

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    4. Keep dreaming

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    5. 24 air bridges and 15 mil. passengers...
      Good luck, but remote possibility, even as long term goal

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    6. Zagreb doesn't need air bridges! But jat desperately needs new aircraft and I guarantee you, there will be none this year!

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    7. If you guarantee, that must be it. lol

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  3. If Adria is to lease its A319s to Jat, then what will happen to its own network? Will they base their CRJs in Pristina and Tirana? What would they use to fly to Paris and so on?

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    1. You don't get it, it's the Serbian plan да се убиjу две муве jедним ударцом. At the same time they'll get the a/c they need and undermine the connections of Pristina lol

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    2. What source? If you are referring to the lease of Adria then go and look at the discussion yesterday and you will find it there.

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    3. Jat wouldn't lease Adria's A319 because Adria need them for summer season, for all charter flight and regular flights from LJU and PRN, also from TIA. I don't know from where TangoSixBlog took this info...maybe but just maybe jat will lease Adria's A319 for winter season 2013

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    4. But why Adria? Did they gave them a good deal what?

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    5. Well, I guess we will see. Wasn't it mentioned on this blog (either comment or actual text) that Adria was not too happy with the yields (not load) out of Pristina? Maybe they will close the shop and leave it to Belle Air.

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  4. When are we going to see JAT numbers for March?

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  5. I wish Croatia Airlines restructures successfully, however, I do not like the idea of sitting in a plane driven by frustrated and unhappy captain.

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    1. well they do drive them while they are on the ground.

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  6. Since when the planes are driven? :-D probably meant flown... lol

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  7. OT: SKP Airport pax growth in March +13 %!! No. of operations + 20%!

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  8. Well done SKP !

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  9. I was just looking at some flights into Dubrovnik and it seems that Austrian Airlines will be sending their A321 there. Is it the norm or..?

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  10. Do they state when on which date will they strike?

    Dali navode kada na kojen datumu pochinju shtrajk?

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