Turkish Airlines trade union reduce salaries in half to prevent staff reductions

Created on 17.09.2020 08:31

Turkish Airlines and Turkish Civil Aviation Trade Union have reached an agreement to amend the collective bargaining agreement. The parties agreed that reductions in staff salaries would avoid massive cuts. On August 31, the compromise accomplished towards mitigation consequences of the pandemic's devastating impact on the airline's business, the ATO portal reported.

According to the Trade Union message, salaries of the flight personnel will be reduced by half, cabin crew - by 35%, and other staff - by 30%. The union explained that such a situation will continue at least until the end of 2021, but will be reviewed every six months. In return, Turkish Airlines has promised not to make staff reductions. The carrier's staff has 39,000 employees and a payroll is about $ 500 million a month.

In March, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a decree banning international air traffic to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. For Turkish Airlines, which serves the largest global route network of international flights (more than 300 destinations from Istanbul), this decision came as a blow. On June 10, the airline has resumed international flights from Istanbul, after resuming domestic flights from June 1. As at June 30, the fleet included 362 aircrafts.