Adria Airways' management and the airline's pilots have reached a deal over the latter's strike demands, averting additional industrial action which had been announced for next week, as well as May and June. The content of the agreement was not disclosed. It comes after almost all of Adria's 113 pilots staged a strike on March 22 and 23, causing the airline to arrange short-term wet-leases of aircraft and crew and disrupting a number of flights. Further industrial action was to take place from next Wednesday, starting at 05.30 CEST, until Friday at 23.59, as well as between May 3 and May 5, and June 6 to June 8. The strike would have come in the lead-up to the Easter holidays and the aftermath of the May Day holiday period.
Adria's pilots went on strike after their collective bargaining agreements expired at the end of February. They requested for the agreement to be reinstated under the same terms and conditions and accused the management of plans to scale back a range of rights and obligations. It is believed a pay cut of up 35% was proposed by the airline's management. Adria has cut wages for its pilots, which are some 8.000 euros gross per month (4.000 euros for co-pilots), on several occasions, the last time being in 2011. The system of overtime calculation for pilots was also changed at the time, switching from being based on one months working time to being averaged out over four months working time.
The industrial dispute with its pilots was the first to take place since Adria was taken over by Germany's 4K Invest early last year with a mandate to turn the company around. The management has remained silent on the recent protests and has not commented on the losses Adria incurred as a result of the recent strike. Last week, the collective agreements of the airline's cabin crew also expired and negotiations are now set to take place over a new deal. The last time the collective agreement was negotiated, cabin crew also threatened to go on strike, which was averted just days before it was scheduled to take place.