Lufthansa announced that the members of the Unabhängige Flugbegleiter Organisation (UFO), the union of the company’s cabin crew staff, have approved the terms and conditions of thenew collective labor agreements (CLAs).

The various changes under the new CLAs to the remuneration structure and the retirement and transitional provisions for the Lufthansa cabin crew corps will provide the Lufthansa Group with annual savings in the mid-double-digit-million-euro region; and the terms of the new accords will also remove a high triple-digit-million-euro amount from the Lufthansa Group’s occupational pension commitments.

In return for these cost concessions, Lufthansa’s cabin personnel will enjoy increases in their remuneration and guaranteed further employment until 2021. They will also be able to use any transitional provisions which they elect not to benefit from to increase their later occupational pension entitlements.

“It’s vitally important to us at Lufthansa that we can now take this path to the future together with our cabin personnel,” says Dr. Bettina Volkens, Chief Officer Corporate Human Resources & Legal Affairs of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.  

Lufthansa and UFO also found agreement on a 1% increase in cabin crew members’ remuneration from 1 October 2016 and a further 2% increase from 1 January 2018. These follow a previous 2.2% increase on 1 January 2016.

The new Collective Labor Agreement on Remuneration, which will remain valid until 30 June 2019, also envisages new qualification options for the company’s cabin personnel. The new bachelor’s-level training course will be offered in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce & Industry, will extend over several months and will further raise the already high qualifications and service levels of Lufthansa’s cabin crew corps.  

Lufthansa's net income for the first half of 2016 amounted to €429 million - prior year  €954 million.

All Lufthansa cabin staff will also enjoy guaranteed further employment until 2021 under the new accords, with Lufthansa refraining from serving any notice on any such personnel for business-economic reasons for the next five years. The contractual parties have further agreed to adopt a number of conflict resolution mechanisms that will remain in effect until 2023.