Lufthansa reaches an agreement with the union
In the dispute over personnel cost reductions in the corona crisis, the AUA parent Lufthansa has reached another agreement with the pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC). This enables Lufthansa to extend the short-time work of the cockpit staff until the end of 2021, both sides announced on Wednesday. In return, the group rules out operational dismissals for the pilots.
The protection against dismissal applies to pilots from Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo, Lufthansa Aviation Training and a subgroup of Germanwings pilots until March 2022. According to the union, the pilots’ savings contribution increases by a maximum of EUR 450 million to over EUR 600 million.
The airline has around 5,000 pilots, many of whom are currently on short-time work due to the business slump in the pandemic. Lufthansa wants to part with around 1,000 cockpit employees. Lufthansa boss Carsten Spohr recently increased the pressure on the pilots. “In the absence of an agreement, it will probably be the first time in the history of our company in the second quarter of 2021 that 500 captains and 500 first officers will have to leave us,” said Spohr recently.
Lufthansa has already reached an agreement with the Verdi union on a crisis package for the approximately 24,000 collective bargaining employees on the ground. There is also an agreement for the cabin crew with the UFO union.
Source: Apa / Reuters
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