The cost pressure in the aviation industry is currently great. Swiss and other airlines are now introducing strict cost management. On Thursday, Swiss boss Thomas Klühr (58) said he wanted to cut costs by a total of 20 to 25 percent. This also increases the pressure on Swissport.
The Swiss have also already received offers from smaller Swissport competitors, write the “Tamedia” newspapers.
“Lufthansa is on a radical austerity course and is attacking the working conditions at Zurich Airport,” says the VPOD. It demands from the ground service provider Swissport price reductions of up to 20 percent and threatens to terminate existing contracts. “Swissport now wants to implement these price cuts at the expense of employee wages.”
In negotiations with airlines
Swissport is currently trying to renegotiate the working conditions for its employees with the social partners, a company spokeswoman said on Friday at the request of the AWP news agency. “Wage adjustments are part of the renegotiation of the existing collective agreement.”
According to the spokeswoman, the company currently sees itself “wiped out” between the interest groups. On the one hand, the airlines wanted to ensure the resumption of flights as cost-effectively as possible. At the same time, however, the airports demanded the same conditions as before the corona pandemic.
Negotiations between Swissport and the employee associations on working conditions have meanwhile been interrupted. However, they would be reinstated if the association members gave the associations a negotiating mandate. “The existing social plan and collective agreements at Swissport continue to apply.” (SDA / lui)