Lufthansa Group and VC Pilot’s Union reach positive agreement

Lufthansa Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
Photo Credit: Lufthansa.

Members of the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) pilots’ union have given their approval to the recently negotiated proposal between Lufthansa Group and VC.

This proposal involves the implementation of a new ‘VTV’ collective remuneration agreement and ‘MTV’ collective terms-of-employment agreement for the pilots of Lufthansa Airline and Lufthansa Cargo. These agreements will affect around 5,200 pilots.

A Move Towards Stability

The ratified agreements mark a crucial step forward, providing stability to the pilots and the operational aspects of Lufthansa Group.

The new VTV agreement is slated to remain effective until at least December 31, 2026, while the MTV agreement’s validity is set until at least December 31, 2027.

One of the pivotal aspects of these agreements is the commitment to maintain industrial peace throughout their tenure.

A Lufthansa Cargo A321F freighter parked on the tarmac
Photo Credit: Lufthansa Cargo


Key Highlights of the Agreements

The VC members’ acceptance of the proposal covers a range of improvements involving both salary and working conditions. The key elements can be summarised as follows:

Salary Table Increases: The agreements encompass a notable increase in the salary table, factoring in interest effects. Pilots can now expect a 7 percent increase on December 1, 2023, followed by 5 percent increments on both January 1, 2025, and January 1, 2026.

One-off Payment: An additional one-off payment mechanism has been introduced, entailing 3.75 percent of the fixed annual compensation. This payment can go up to a maximum of 3,000 euros, and it will be applicable in 2023.

Improved Variable Compensation: The variable compensation structure has been enhanced, aligning it more closely with the airline’s business performance. This aligns the pilots’ interests with the company’s success.

Enhanced Work-Life Balance: The new agreements prioritize the well-being of pilots by offering more predictable leisure time and roster stability. This includes the establishment of ten free days every month.

Incorporating Former Germanwings Pilots: The agreements also pave the way for the integration of former Germanwings pilots into Lufthansa Airline. This move signifies the airline’s dedication to sustained growth and effective resource utilization.

A Positive Outlook

While the VC members have accepted the agreements, it’s important to note that the VTV and MTV agreements are still subject to final editorial touches and the green light from relevant bodies.

This stage is crucial to ensure that all aspects are accurately documented and that the agreements align with the interests of all stakeholders involved.

Michael Niggemann, the Lufthansa Group Executive Board Member and Labor Director, expresses optimism about the newly established collective agreement with Vereinigung Cockpit.

He emphasizes that this agreement not only addresses the pilots’ remuneration but also aims to strike a balance between their professional commitments and personal lives.

Niggemann acknowledges that while the economic landscape presents challenges, the long-term nature of these agreements provides a solid foundation for Lufthansa Airline’s future plans, particularly in its ambitious long-haul growth endeavors.

The amicable resolution achieved through negotiations strengthens the social partnership between the airline and the pilots’ union.

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