German carrier agrees to 4% pay rise for cabin crew
Lufthansa has agreed to raise cabin crew salaries by almost 4% over the coming two years, in a new deal with unions that will avoid more strikes during the Christmas holiday. The new agreement, which was negotiated under arbitration, ends talks that began on September 12. The trade union UFO had entered the talks wanting a 5% pay rise, while Lufthansa was offering a 3.5% rise.
“The compromise is very painful for Lufthansa,” board member Peter Gerber said, adding that it would mean an extra €33 million in costs.
The airline also agreed that no mandatory job cuts would take place until the end of 2014 and that no cabin crew would be outsourced until 2016 – two other key union demands. The deal still has to be voted on by union members.
[pictured: Lufthansa Boeing 747-8; courtesy Lufthansa]