Lufthansa avoids cabin strikes – for now

Agreement includes concessions on both sides
A majority of members of Lufthansa’s biggest trade union, UFO, have voted in favour of a new agreement to write off strikes for the airline’s 19,000 cabin staff until 2019.
After suffering a number of damaging cabin-crew strikes in recent years, Lufthansa welcomed the vote, which “promises longer-term industrial peace on the [collective labour agreement] front”.
The deal includes changes to the remuneration structure and retirement and transitional provisions for Lufthansa cabin crew, which “will provide the Lufthansa Group with annual savings in the mid-double-digit-million-euro region”.
In return for these cost concessions, cabin personnel will get rises in their remuneration and guaranteed further employment until 2021, and will also continue to retire when they are just 55.
“It’s vitally important to us at Lufthansa that we can now take this path to the future together with our cabin personnel,” said Dr Bettina Volkens, Lufthansa’s chief officer for corporate human resources and legal affairs.
TTG Nordic / Stand By