Lufthansa Reaches Agreement With ver.di on Ground Staff Pay

Lufthansa ground staff loading air cargo.
Photo Credit: Lufthansa

LONDON – In the third round of negotiations, Lufthansa and the trade union ver.di have agreed on a new collective pay agreement for Lufthansa ground staff.

The latest agreement follows on from last month’s industrial turmoil, which saw trade union ver.di mobilising up to 20,000 Lufthansa ground support staff to enact strike action over pay and conditions.

The strike action forced the German carrier to cancel all of its scheduled services from Frankfurt and Munich, just as the busy summer season for Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg was commencing. The wave of cancellations affected 42,000 travellers at the airline’s Munich hub alone.

Lufthansa management statement

Speaking on the matter of the dispute resolution, Michael Niggemann, Member of the Executive Board Chief Officer Human Resources at Deutsche Lufthansa AG, offered the following statement:

“We are pleased that we have succeeded in finding a good solution for our employees with the social partner.”

“We have agreed on large salary increases. It was especially important to us to give disproportionately higher consideration to the lower- and middle-income groups.”

“With this, we are living up to our social responsibility for our employees and ensuring our attractiveness as employer.”

“In view of the continuing high burdens caused by the pandemic and the uncertain economic situation, we have spread the increase in compensation over several stages and created longer-term planning certainty through an 18-month term.”

New collective pay agreement

In detail, the new Lufthansa ground staff collective compensation agreement includes the following components:

  • Fixed amount of 200 euros per month retroactive to July 1, 2022
  • Increase in basic monthly pay of 2.5 percent, but at least 125 euros, as of January 1, 2023
  • Increase in basic monthly pay of 2.5 percent from July 1, 2023
  • Term of at least 18 months

Exemplary increases in basic monthly pay (gross) within the term:

  • Basic pay/month of 2,000 euros: increase 19.2 percent
  • Basic pay/month of 3,000 euros: increase 13.6 percent
  • Basic pay/month of 6,500 euros: increase 8.3 percent

The agreement is still subject to the approval of the boards and a ver.di membership survey.

With regard to the upcoming negotiations with the cockpit and the cabin, Niggemann reaffirmed the Lufthansa management’s willingness to reach an agreement and expressed confidence that good solutions can also be achieved here.

Pilot dispute

Lufthansa flight crews have also been entrenched in negotiations with the airline via the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) pilots’ union.

Six rounds of negotiations have taken place, and it is understood that in a recent ballot it was determined that almost 98 percent of Lufthansa passenger airline pilots and 99percent of Lufthansa Cargo pilots were in favour of taking industrial action.

In his statement on the most recent brokering of an agreement for ground staff, Mr Niggemann is confident that the airline can reach a suitable agreement with flight crew personnel.

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