Well the background is short and simple : The employees are not happy with what they are being offered within the new company and to tell you the truth, I can full understand them.
The cause of the strike would simply have been that they were not happy with the social plan. Hence what they would be offered in the new company and/or what they were offered if they were laid-off (such as 3 months salary) Consequences of the no agreeable social plan is presented? A strike, like the one that was called off.
I think the games of “We have the bigger SR hub” are long over. Being a Swiss-Romand, a few months ago, I was also part of those games, wishing Geneva would get more flights. Now, I and I bet other people are gone way past that. BTW, the Canton of Geneva offered the new Swissair a baseline CHF 10 Million + CHF 10 more Million per long haul they bring into Geneva.
Several hundred employees never show up to those meetings, generally the younger ones who couldn’t care less about a Swissair job or another job. It is mostly the older ones, who worked for Swissair for 15-20-30 years who show up, those who saw the company grow, those who’s family was Swissair. Looking at the TV report on TSR.ch (with the help of Real Player), I recognised quite a few employees, some of my mum’s friends/ex work-colleagues and so on….
Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004