According to the Aeropers President, the road to the new collective labor agreement was rocky. (archive image)
87.4 percent of Aeropers members agreed to the new GAV, as the pilots’ association announced in a communiqué on Friday. The collective employment contract comes into effect retrospectively at the beginning of January.
“The road to the new GAV was very rocky, but the contract accepted by the Aeropers members today brings advantages for both sides,” wrote Aeropers President Clemens Kopetz. The long arguments had brought the Swiss to the brink of a pilots’ strike.
Only after a meeting between the Aeropers president and Swiss boss Dieter Vranckx on October 24 was an agreement reached. The details of the GAV were then worked out and signed by mid-December.
According to earlier information from October, the most important improvements that the pilots and Swiss have agreed on are as follows: a wage increase of 2.3 percent, a cost-of-living adjustment of 2 percent, a shift in the publication of the work plan by one week and no more plan changes after illness .
“After agreeing on the key figures, we took the time needed to work out the details to find clear formulations so that we would have as few detailed discussions as possible on the interpretation of the GAV 2023 in the coming years,” Kopetz continued.
Some points would be introduced with a delay due to staff shortages and necessary programming work. «Not all urgent problems have been solved satisfactorily. That’s why we will be pushing ahead with various projects in cooperation with the management of Swiss over the next few years, so that Swiss can offer sustainable and modern working conditions in the cockpit,” said the Aeropers President. “But we are glad that the times of contractual unrest and uncertainty are now over.”
Voting in the Pilots’ Association started on December 14th and ended on Friday with the counting of the votes.