The article states that the pilot's unions is of the opinion that cabin crew unions got a better deal (i.e. need to make less efforts) and therefore the pilots do not want to take part in those savings initiatives that have not started yet. But they maintain their support for those initiatives already started.
When I look at the three large legacy carriers in Europe today I sometimes have the impression that managing employee relations is the single biggest skill a CEO of one of these companies must have. All face huge transformation challenges, and getting buy-in from employees is difficult. Some are in a better financial starting position (LH Group) than others (AFKL), but the challenges are similar to all of them. Having said that, Alexandre de Juniac, AF's CEO, seems to have done a pretty good job of obtaining support. 2012 financial results show some first impact: whilst still bleeding money, the company has improved its performance compared to the previous year. Something seems to work.
mozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2035 posts, RR: 14 Reply 4, posted (3 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 889 times:
Quoting Azure (Reply 3): Unlike LH and IAG which performance deteriorated in one year.
Quoting Azure (Reply 3): But still, I find it a bit odd that the pilots' union pretext of an agreement signed with the FAs' union to "freeze" their own agreement...
Indeed. LH Group's operating income crashed by more than a third. Still, I do hope that the pilots or other stakeholders aren't blindfolded by AFKL's "improvement" - which in fact merely means less losses than before. Compared to last year LH has more "money in the coffers" (=a positive P&L) and AFKL has less. There is urgent need for action at both, but AFKL is financially in a more calamitous situation. Have all stakeholders understood that? I think they have, which is also why they signed an agreement with management. To lose sight of that and to withdraw support for the remainder of the transformation program because some other stakeholders makes (or is believed to make - I cannot be a judge of that) would be a pity.