Cargolux signs work agreement with unions

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After a year of negotiation, Cargolux Airlines International has signed new collective work agreements with the LCGB and OGBL trade unions.

The two agreements for more than 1,300 employees will increase salaries by 6% for ground staff and 4% for pilots over the four-year duration of the contracts.

Staff hired since December 2015 will benefit from additional adjustments of salaries, off-day and holiday entitlements.

One of the agreements covers the period between 1 December 2018 and 31 December 2019, and the second will become effective from 1 January 2020 until 31 December 2022.

Richard Forson, president and CEO of Cargolux says: “I am pleased that we have managed to reach an agreement with our social partners. This agreement cements job security within our company while contributing to Cargolux’s sustainability on both social and economic fronts. Building on this solid foundation, we can strengthen our position as a leading player in the global air freight industry.”

Paul de Araujo, union secretary of the Luxembourg Confederation of Christian Trade Unions (LGCB) says: “The improvements in the new agreement became necessary after the employees’ concessions made in the previous collective labour agreement. The new agreement addresses the main concerns of our members; a salary increase, improved work-life balance for employees and the pilots’ flight time limitations. The elimination of what has often been referred to as ‘B-Scale’ should make it possible for Cargolux to hire the staff it needs.”

Michelle Cloos, central secretary of the Independent Luxembourg Trade Union Confederation (OGBL) says: “We are happy that the social partners could negotiate a substantial salary increase and measures improving the work life balance of Cargolux employees. This is a very important recognition of the employees’ efforts during the last years and their contribution to the good financial results of the company for all Cargolux employees, ground staff and pilots.”