Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Adria Airways pilots go on strike


Adria Airways pilots are staging 48 hours of industrial action after the union and the airline's management failed to reach an agreement over the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement. As a result, some flights will either be disrupted or cancelled both today and tomorrow. On Wednesday, Adria plans to operate 21 flights from its hub at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. Affected services include Sarajevo and Podgorica, which will be combined into a single flight, Brussels and Amsterdam, which will operate jointly, Prague and Vienna, which will also be merged, as well as Munich and Frankfurt which will run as a single flight. Some services may be operated by other carriers, although Adria has not specified which ones. On Thursday, the airline will maintain 24 flights out of the Slovenian capital and has cancelled its morning services to Zurich and Pristina, afternoon flight to Tirana, as well as its return flight from Paris. Passengers from Pristina will be bussed to Skopje where they will be rebooked onto the carrier's flight to Ljubljana. The full list of modifications to the schedule can be found here.

The trade union representing Adria's pilots decided to go on strike after yesterday's round of talks with the management "failed to result in a nearing of positions and an agreement that would secure the same scope of rights and obligations for pilots which were in effect until the end of February". Pilots are requesting a 1% pay increase. If no agreement is reached, they will again stage industrial action on April 27 and 28, as well as May 25 and 26 between 06.00 and 22.00 CEST. The head of the pilot's trade union, Marjan Majcen, said the strike committee was "willing to continue to seek an agreement until the very last minute but will not consent to the lowering of wages and the scaling back of workplace conditions for pilots". Until a new contract is negotiated, the union has demanded for the same rights and obligations from the previous collective agreement to be upheld.

The industrial action is the first under Adria's new owners, who took over a 100% stake in the company last year. Some 114 pilots are expected to join in the strike today. "Adria Airways apologises to our passengers for any inconvenience brought by this strike. We will do everything in our powers to minimise the consequences for our passengers", the company said in a statement. It urged all travellers booked to fly today and tomorrow to contact the airline. The carrier's management argues that since the last collective agreements were negotiated, the socioeconomic situation in Slovenia has changed, which warrants a pay cut and adjustments to workplace conditions for pilots.

84 comments:

  1. New owners managing company for just a year and already a strike. Not good.

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  2. OU sends one of it's fleet plane to Ljubljana today to help Adria dealing this strike. It is still unkown with type

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    1. Only goes to show how OU's fleet is underutilized

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    2. It will be one A320 and one A319.

      Haplek

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    3. I don't know what the customs are like in Europe but in N. America if any pilot does the job of a pilot that is on strike then that will land you on the "Scab List" and your reputation is professionally tarnished.

      It was a very big deal after the downturn in 2001 and again in 2008. Since then it has greatly cooled off because of the market conditions.

      Here I found this very old copy. Most copies are removed from forums and all sites hosting it because of legal threats, etc:

      http://www.cockpitseeker.com/wp-content/uploads/posts/wikileaks-airline-pilot-scab-list-2004.pdf

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    4. Ok
      These airline unions are seriously overdoing it..they keep black lists ?

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    5. I doubt that would be even legal in Europe, and if you don't show up for work (absent of announced strike), just to be "compassionate" with fellow colleagues in different companies, you could get fired.

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    6. Why? Really? Either you're not a pilot or have never been in a real, strong union, so you speak like this...

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    7. Alen Šćuric PurgerMarch 22, 2017 at 11:29 AM

      Hvala ti bože da je Croatia zaposlila bar dva aviona koji su je prizemljeni (jedan A320 i jedan A319). Nedaj bože da je zaposlila još bar jedan. Mogla se potrudila na način da je angažirala Trade air na nekim od svojih letova, a svoj avion preusmjerila u Ljubljanu. I ovako dobar dio Croatijinih aviona odradi samo jednu ili najviše dvije rotacije tijekom dana.

      Skopje i Sarajevo nisu otkazani (danas Sarajevo ide preko Podgorice) pa Croatia ovdje nije mogla puno profitirati, ali se nadam da je bar nešto konektiranih putnika prebačeno na Croatiu za otkazane konekcije sutra za Paris (let OU iz SJJ + konekcija na AF za CDG). Zurich i Varšava koje su otkazane (Varšava pomaknuta toliko da nema mogućnosti konektiranja), nažalost, genijalnošču tvoraca reda letenja Croatie Airlines, odlaze iz Zagreba malo prije nego dolaze konekcije iz Sarajeva i Skopja. Pa ni tu Croatia ne bi mogla privuči pokojeg rerutiranog putnika.

      Da, dio flote Croatie je prizmeljen, jednak kao i Air Serbije, što je nešto više nego Adrije i manje nego Montenegra. Pročitajte moj novi članak na Tango 6 gdje imate precizne brojke samnjenja u zimskom redu letenja ove godine.

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  3. Does anyone know how many passengers Adria handled or did they make a profit?

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    1. It was 1.45 mio pax in 2016

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    2. Thanks. What's that compared to 2015 and do those numbers include Nordica as well?

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    3. @ 9.09. According to some media they made a loss last year but there is no official information. For 2015 they published results in late 2016.

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    4. Slo statistics do not include such data...pitty

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    5. According to Slovenian statistics office Adria's passenger numbers declined 13%. How is this possible when LJU has increased a lot?

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    6. They have bases outside of LJU which might have impacted their overall results.

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    7. There have been a lot of reduction from PRN and TIA bases compared to last year plus rising competition so no surprise.

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    8. With them suspending Lodz-Amsterdam is there a need for a CRJ to be based there? Doesn't Pristina or Tirana have more potential. Or even Skopje?

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    9. yes but the polish bases were probably well subsidized

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  4. And cabin crew could follow.

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  5. Considering the airline's finances, couldn't have come at a worse time.

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    1. This strike will cost Adria up to 1 million €.

      Haplek

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    2. It's never a good time to go on strike whether you are Lufthansa or Adria.

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  6. Croatian Airlines scabing already. So much for pilot unity, no wonder everyone in the Balkan has a crappy contract....

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    1. So you think when is strike in Lufthansa, they dont try to get some other airlines to get the job??? CA has free aircraft, so pilots should say no, we will not fly. Than CA pilots strikes too.

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    2. No! CA pilots or any pilots for that fact, should NOT fly for other airlines (unless they need help with extra lift). Because scabbing is morally unjustified by any means. CA pilots are not helping their Adria fellow aviators, so don't expect support when you go on strike, because Adria will be first to fly instead of you tomorrow.

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    3. Tbh, dont think Adria will be flying that much longer

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    4. If you don't announce the strike and don't show up for work, you won'get paid for that day. As simple as that.

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    5. Alen Šćuric PurgerMarch 22, 2017 at 11:37 AM

      If Croatia will not do it someone else will. Air Serbia, Montenegro, TAROM, Aegean, ČSA... or even if those would show solidarity then private companies will do that (Carpatair, Trade Air, Titan, BAS, Meridiana...).

      Those companies are far away than Croatia (exempt Trade air) and are private so they will charge much more. It will make even bigger cost to Adria and Croatia someone else will earn money wile Croatia's planes are on ground. Makes no sense at all.

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    6. Exactly. I doubt OU is in a financial position that they can stand on moral grounds and keep the aircraft on ground.

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    7. Alene you think like business man, and that is fine.

      But CA pilot union should think like professionals, and they should know better. But moral is long time forgotten term in society, so it may as well be removed from dictionary :)

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    8. I think its stupid if CA dont fly for Adria. Pilots of Adria try to make Adria to get better conditions, and passenger have nothing to do with. Adria will lose soke money, and at least, some passngers will come to their destination. And CA is making favor to Adria but to passengers too.

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  7. Carpatair F100 YR-FZA and Go2Sky 734 OM-GTD are operating some flights

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  8. "Passengers from Pristina will be bussed to Skopje"

    Great way to win over passengers.

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    1. its only two hours

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    2. the question is: can the pax of both flights (SKP&PRN) fit into one flight?

      i think some will be moved on to OS

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    3. 737-400 is operating SKP, so more capacity than CRJ9.

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    4. Alen Šćuric PurgerMarch 22, 2017 at 11:44 AM

      Yes, if is is A320 (as they rent also that one from Croatia), as two CJR900 have 172 passengers, and A320 has 174. Even A319 should be enough as LF on CRJ 900 for sure are not so big in March. 84% LF on 2x CRJ 900 is same capacity as A319. And I for sure Adria has no 84% LF in March.

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  9. I hope Adria resolves some of its issues. It's a brand that should live on.

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    1. Unfortunately, the Germans have sold the brand and are now leasing it.

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    2. It should be noted that they leased it to their parent company.

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  10. It's game over for Adria. There is no mysterious owner behind the curtain. The government sold JP so they would not have to pay the political cost of closing it themselves, while 4k has financially drained Adria and will use labour as an excuse for dropping the curtain.

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    1. I was thinking the same myself, but today I found out they might actually come to an agreement. I have no idea what the hell this new owner is up to.

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  11. This action is just so typical of selfish pilots .. they would rather see the company go under and have everyone lose their jobs, than bide their time, see the company get through these tough times and then engage management when the company is in a much better healthier state.

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    1. if the management wants you to work even more for less money, you have every right to go on strike!

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    2. What a load of BS 9.56. Inform yourself before posting nonsense.

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    3. I support the pilots! Always will! Your corporate bs speech does not get any sympathy from me.

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  12. Ajde brate idi pričaj te korporativne bajke nekom drugom...dugo sam u ovom poslu da slušam te bajke.

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  13. @ AnonymousMarch 22, 2017 at 9:56 AM

    selfish pilots? Yes, they should be happy to work as pilots, they should even pay the owners for allowing them to touch the controls in the cockpit and wear those super duper uniforms.

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  14. Wages at Adria have been decreasing for years now. This unacceptable anymore.

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    1. Pilots are asking for 1% increase, not 33% like Delta pilots got last year. Aloooo, 1%....so don't give me this crap about slefish pilots!!

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    2. On a 5000 euro salary 1% makes 50 euro. Are you sure they requested such peanuts? No bonuses or incentives, just 50 euro?

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    3. There's one critical point almost no one noticed. Only the pilots' demand is mentioned in the article, the missing part is what the owners proposed. Be clever!

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    4. OMG, their monthly salary is bigger than my yearly salary, just saying

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    5. lol, in which country do you work then?!

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    6. Serbia bro, with 400e monthly, friends consider it as big salary... But it's nothing better in Bosnia, Macedonia, Montenegro...

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    7. Checking the legal monthly minimum wages, I can say he can be pretty much anywhere in Eastern Europe, except Slovenia, Croatia, Poland and Greece.

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  15. Let's hope they solve this quicker than LH did.

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  16. lol Romanian foreign ministry has issued a TRAVEL WARNING to Slovenia because of this strike. Talk about overreaction especially since there are no flights between Ljubljana and Bucharest.

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    1. Kakav idiot. Ne ministar.

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  17. In case of Adria bankruptcy: 1. is it easy for these pilots to find another airline to work for (and with similar salary), not counting relocation if they need to move?

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  18. And 2. is it possible for Adria to find other new pilots willing to work instead of the current ones and on the same conditions as now. I think pilots are very well protected by the contracts so can not be dismissed easily. Just asking if they are other qualified pilots "on the market" ready to work without making fuss

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  19. Ryanair is on the sidelines waiting for all of this to unravel. They have been wanting Adria's blood for a while.

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    1. Adria has survived much worse. It this too.

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    2. Ah yes
      Their great arch-nemesis: Ryanair

      Seriously, Slovenia is the only EU country not to have Ryanair flights, you think they care about Ljubljana or Adria ?

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    3. @ 1:50 only issue is that the government was always there to help when needed. Now Adria is private a no one else can assist it.

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    4. Do you seriously think the government would let Adtia go bankrupt just like that? The stakes would be too high. They would find a solution.

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    5. What would Slovenia loose with Adria's bankruptcy? FRA,MUC,VIE would be covered by LH/OS, LCCs would come and SKP/TIA/PRN are mostly transit.

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  20. The irony. Nordica has sent a plane (branded LOT Nordica) to fly on behalf of Adria today.

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    1. That has to hurt some egos...

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  21. Who cares about Adria. They can go bankrupt if they arent happy

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    1. Ryan and Wizz will come happily to take their place lol

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  22. Ne znam koliko se zaradjuje u JP ali su trebali povecati platu Pilotima ipak su im to jedni od najvaznijh zaposlenih.
    INN-NS

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  23. Unions are useless in today's society.

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  24. Hve no understanding for the ALPA Slovenia. In such circumstances and market + JP conditions to insist on a salary increase and even strike for it, is far fm reality. Strikes are expensive and are in JPs case even a bankruptcy risk. Quite a share of employees work with passion and dedication since decades for JP, all the more it is abstruse to see the pilots irresponsible behaviour

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  25. Simple maths = doesn't increasing salaries cost less than the pilot strike (leasing aircraft, penalties and rerouting to passengers)...?

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    1. 4K has nothing to lose. Either the pilots agree to an agreement or he leaves them striking until they hve a green nose and if JP has to file bankruptcy, Schuster will lose nothing. He can and will blame the pilots for letting JP go belly. End of story

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    2. Pilots have right to ask for higher salaries and they cannot be blamed if JP goes bust- only Mr Schuster can- if that happens on his watch. I doubt anyone outside Austria/Hungary/exYU would make such a hire in case of demise of Adria. Remember, Adria has survived worse crises, this should not be an issue really. I guess he is just following Lufty's tactics..

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  26. So then it should go belly up. Companies who can't pay their employees proper wages or pay on time should not exist. Add MGX to that pot as well..

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  27. For those of you criticising OU pilots for flying Adria routes today.
    May İ remind you that they are only returning a favour, since Adria was flying from ZAG during CroatiaAirlines strike.

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  28. Like they say....it only show that what goes around, comes around....so don't expect support tomorrow from you fellow aviators when you need it.

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  29. These fools are digging their own grave. Let me see how your wages look when you don't have a job at all. If you can get more money from another airline, you are free to walk now.

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