The pilots of bankrupt German airline Air Berlin (AB1) pilots might not be transferring to Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) low-cost subsidiary Eurowings after all. The pilot union rejected the labour agreement proposal, refusing the prospects for the airline to promptly take on the former Air Berlin (AB1) staff.

Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) acquired large parts of insolvent Air Berlin (AB1) in October 2017. Among other agreements, Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) also hoped to hire 3000 employees of the insolvent carrier. But it now appears that the regulated transition of Air Berlin (AB1) pilots to Lufthansa’s (LHAB) (LHA) low-cost subsidiary Eurowings might not happen, as the proposal was rejected by the pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit.

The collective bargaining agreement with Eurowings was rejected as it “would not have created binding prospects neither for the pilots of Air Berlin (AB1) affected by the insolvency, nor for the staff of Eurowings," Jörg Handwerg, Member of the Board of the Vereinigung Cockpit is quoted in an official statement by the union.

The union also made a claim for better conditions for the current Eurowings staff, by stating that “[…] Vereinigung Cockpit calls on the Eurowings to acknowledge their social responsibility as beneficiaries of the Air Berlin (AB1) bankruptcy and to offer their employees acceptable terms and conditions. With salary losses of up to 40% and conditions that are well below the level of other companies in the competition, the Vereinigung Cockpit sees this as not given”.