Following constructive discussions, which took place last night, Lufthansa as well as the pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit arrived at an agreement regarding all previously conflicting collective bargaining matters. In an announcement of intent, the negotiating companions agreed on forward-thinking provisions for transition payments, pension plans, the construction agreement on employment conditions as well as the collective wage agreement for the fliers of Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo plus Germanwings.
The suggestion developed in February by schlichter Dr . Gunter Pleuger for the group wage agreement formed one portion of the considerations. But the new agreement made a formal acceptance of the settlement recommendations unnecessary. Likewise, Lufthansa will never be pursuing a previously announced intend to staff 40 newly acquired plane outside the group-wide collective bargaining contract (KTV).
Over the following months, the details of the various group bargaining agreements will have to be worked out. The particular agreement provides an one-off balance-sheet decrease through the conversion of the pension strategies. In return for the cost-reducing elements of the particular agreement, 325 aircraft will be crewed in the current KTV flight operations within stages by 2022. This will allow Lufthansa to hire trainee pilots once again in the coming years and create profession prospects for pilots with a many positions for prospective captains. The reciprocal agreement to refrain from commercial action for the duration of the talks was already reached, and is set to be official in a collective bargaining agreement which will last until 2022.
Dr . Bettina Volkens, Head associated with Legal Affairs and Human Resources with Deutsche Lufthansa AG, says: “ With this declaration of intent we now have finally reached a breakthrough. The road is now clear for a comprehensive arrangement with Vereinigung Cockpit on just about all unresolved collective bargaining issues. This is simply not only the end of the longest group bargaining dispute in our company’ h history – it also creates an environmentally friendly deal that will last until 2022 and, at the same time, lays the foundation for any new social partnership with the Vereinigung Cockpit. The path to this result exacted a heavy toll from everyone included – but , in the interest associated with Lufthansa, our employees, customers plus shareholders, it was worth it. Today, I would really prefer to thank everyone who produced this success possible. We have plenty of work ahead of us now, mainly because we want to implement this settlement within collective bargaining agreements together with the partnership as quickly as possible. ”