Brussels Airlines management calls for reconciliation after pilots’ strike

The management of the airline Brussels Airlines has requested a voting meeting with the pilots’ unions, after they gave strike notice last week. According to the socialist union, that reconciliation is scheduled for Friday. In an internal letter that Belga could see, management warned that the pilot requirements could hinder the company’s future growth.

The pilots of Brussels Airlines are threatening to strike, on the one hand because of the high workload, and on the other hand because they want the management to index their cafeteria plan, a budget for perks. This cafeteria plan is part of a collective agreement (CLA) that was signed in 2020 by the three unions as part of a restructuring that reduced the company by about a quarter.

In a letter to employees, management reiterates that it recognizes that the workload is high and that it is prepared to look for solutions to alleviate it. “After our Reboot Plus transformation plan and after two years of fighting the worst crisis in our history, we are now fighting to keep pace with the rapid recovery of our sector,” reads the letter, signed by, among others, CEO Peter Gerber .

The recovery is also not yet reflected in the economic results, he said. “We have lost money every month this year so far, so it is imperative that we take advantage of the summer months to make a profit.” It also points to rising costs, primarily due to the higher fuel price.

Breaking up the agreement to index the cafeteria plan is not an option, according to management. “It would affect the basis of our agreement with the Belgian government (where Brussels Airlines received state aid to survive the corona crisis, ed.), And our future,” it reads. “We should turn around investment and rethink the business plan and all future growth.”

Management hopes that the reconciliation led by a state mediator can lead to ‘effective solutions that respect both the well-being of our colleagues and our business goals, to secure the future of Brussels Airlines and all its employees’.

A date for a possible strike has not yet been set. It would be announced on Wednesday, the unions had previously said when it should be clear whether the flight attendants and stewardesses from Brussels Airlines will join the action.

The pilots of Brussels Airlines are threatening to strike, on the one hand because of the high workload, and on the other hand because they want the management to index their cafeteria plan, a budget for perks. This cafeteria plan is part of a collective agreement (CLA) signed in 2020 by the three unions as part of a restructuring that reduced the company by about a quarter. In a letter to employees, management reiterates that it recognizes the workload is high and that she is willing to look for solutions to remedy it. “After our Reboot Plus transformation plan and after two years of fighting the worst crisis in our history, we are now fighting to keep pace with the rapid recovery of our sector,” reads the letter, signed by, among others, CEO Peter Gerber . The recovery is also not yet reflected in the economic results, he said. “We have lost money every month this year so far, so it is imperative that we take advantage of the summer months to make a profit.” It also points to rising costs, primarily due to the higher fuel price. According to management, it is not an option to break the agreement to index the cafeteria plan. “It would affect the basis of our agreement with the Belgian government (where Brussels Airlines received state aid to survive the corona crisis, ed.), And our future,” it reads. “We should turn the investment around and rethink the business plan and all future growth.” The board hopes the reconciliation, led by a government mediator, can lead to “effective solutions that respect both the well-being of colleagues and our business goals.” to secure the future of Brussels Airlines and all its employees. ” A date for a possible strike has not yet been set. It would be announced on Wednesday, the unions had previously said when it should be clear whether the flight attendants and stewardesses from Brussels Airlines will join the action.

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