Pilots And Lufthansa Agree on A Crisis Plan

Lufthansa and the Vereinigung Cockpit union have agreed on a long-term crisis collective agreement. Protection against dismissal applies until the end of March 2022.

The approximately 5,000 pilots of the core company are protected from redundancies for operational reasons until the end of March 2022. The airline, shaken by the corona crisis, and the pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) agreed on a crisis collective agreement, as both sides announced in Frankfurt on Wednesday.

In return for protection against dismissal, Lufthansa can extend the short-time working until the end of next year, reduce working hours with corresponding wage cuts and suspend wage increases. Lufthansa Chief Human Resources Officer Michael Niggemann spoke of a “further substantial contribution made by the cockpit employees to crisis management.”

VC President Markus Wahl was relieved, “that despite an extremely unyielding management, we managed to secure the cockpit personnel against redundancies for operational reasons at least until March 31, 2022.”

In contrast to the unions Ufo and Verdi, VC initially only agreed on a short-term restructuring collective agreement for the current year. A longer-term agreement has been negotiated since September. Lufthansa had threatened that without an agreement, around 500 captains and 500 first officers would have to leave the company in the second quarter of 2021.

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