No end in sight - strike enters second day
19.15: Talks with the management collapse. Strike to continue into third day tomorrow.
15.30: Croatia Airlines to announce fresh cancelations for tomorrow at 17.00 CEST.
14.40: No agreement reached between the management and striking pilots and cabin crew. Talks to continue later in the afternoon.
12.25: Croatia Airlines employees demand for the company’s entire management to resign. Talks over strike action continuing.
11.15: Pilots and cabin crew start fresh talks with the management.
10.45: Zagreb Airport staff announce partial strike from tomorrow.
10.40: Split Airport and Croatian Air Traffic Control will launch industrial action tomorrow threatening to result in complete chaos for air traffic in the country.
Croatia Airlines passengers will today experience a second day of cancelations and delays as pilots and cabin crew continue with industrial action. For today, the Croatian carrier has cancelled its flights from Zagreb to Zadar, Brussels and Munich as well as the return service from Priština, Sarajevo and Pula to the Croatian capital. Flights to Rome and Copenhagen are still in doubt. The airline has also cancelled its flights from Split to Zurich, Munich, Dubrovnik and Dusseldorf as well as the Dubrovnik - Zurich service. Once again, foreign crew and aircraft will be used on some flights. Adria Airways, Trade Air, SkyWork Airlines and the Slovakian based Air Explore will step in to provide some relief.
Following extensive talks between the management, pilots and cabin crew yesterday, no agreement was reached on the revision of the new collective agreement. The management has agreed to retract the controversial dismissal of 42 cabin crew members but the Minister for Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Siniša Hajdaš Dončić, warned some may lose their jobs over the ongoing strike. Croatia Airlines CEO, Krešimir Kučko said, “Our pilots work less than the competition yet they have bigger salaries. The productivity of our cabin crew and pilots are 15% less than in the rest of Europe”.
It is believed the ongoing strike will have grave consequences on Croatia Airlines’ finances and offset the ongoing restructuring program. The Croatian national carrier recorded a 12.9 million euro loss in the first quarter of this year. In an open letter to the Prime Minister, cabin crew members have warned of “catastrophic results” in April and blamed the management for handing over the Croatian market to Lufthansa, its subsidiary Germanwings as well as Turkish Airlines. The strike has now effectively gone on for four days since many services were cancelled on May 1 and 2 after crew failed to show up to work. The management is expected to launch a new round of talks with its dissatisfied employees today.