I hope you're just kidding.
Something has to change at LH
, because one has to be completely blind not to see the airline can not compete on price in the long run.
Okay, there's the idea you don't need to compete on price because you'll offer a better service!
Let me tell you something: staff at other airlines doesn't kick or yell at their passengers, nor do they throw their food at them, you know?
And sure, many people like a bit of the efficient German touch, but they aren't willing to pay hundreds of euro more for it either.
So even those who do not look for the lowest possible price aren't willing to pay whatever it takes for the right to fly LH
Alternatively, it would be nice if they could simply lock out competitors, but that just aint going to happen, so the only other option is to become more like them
Sure, it's going to hurt, and it will involve letting go of perks and future benefits, but the alternative is even worse you know?
Let's face it: LH
is where BA
was 10 years ago: you can either do as they did, or you can become a second AZ
At present it looks like the unions are opting for the second category just to safeguard their short term benefits.
I'd rather opt for the first alternative: let's be honnest for a second: staff at BA
for instance aren't poorly paid, nor will you under the new plan.
What will be gone are the days where a normal flight attendant's job at LH
basically means a ticket to an extremely comfortable living standard, otherwise only attainable by people who have at least a Ph.D. and a lot of experience.
I understand it's painful to say goodby to all of that, but flight attendants at most other airlines have long kissed goodbye to the illusion they are 'ambassadors', 'flying managers', or what else and have come to terms with the idea they are ordinary employees just like their counterparts on the ground providing a service, pretty much like reception staff at a hotel for instance.
There's really no more room to pamper them through generous end of carreer schemes wich allow them to have 10 years of comfortably paid leave as from 55 and/or a payout of 1/3rd of a million euro at the end of their carreer.
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The current situation is much more damaging to LH.
YOu think so?
Just look at BA
: they went through the same mess 5 years ago, and they got out much better.
If they can make the airline much leaner, and give it a much lower and far more competitive cost base, no strike cost is going to scare them away from it.
The long term benefits are so overwhelming, that even a month long strike (or longer) is just short term pain.
Besides, whereas LH
itself may pretty much be shut down, the other entities of the group all work as normal.
If anything, it's just demonstrating to your managers that all future growth is to happen there, rather than at LH
I am sorry to say, but it's really time to wake up and smell the coffee: others in Europe have long done so (to the exception of AF), or have gone bust in the mean time...
[Edited 2015-11-12 01:33:36]