Lufthansa signs agreement over ground personnel pay

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Lufthansa has signed an agreement with services union ver.di on pay for about 30,000 ground personnel.

Lufthansa has agreed a pay increase for its ground personnel and for staff at Lufthansa-Systems, Lufthansa-Service, Lufthansa Technik and Lufthansa Cargo of 2.2 per cent on 1 January, 2016.

There will be a one-off payment of €2,250 euros ($2,380) per full-time employee, Apprentices will receive a one-off payment of 600 euros.

This will be followed by another 2.2 per cent increase one year later in 2017 for both employees and apprentices starting on 1 January.

The collective bargaining agreement will expire at the end of 2017.

Lufthansa executive board and corporate chief officer for human resources and legal affairs, Dr Bettina Volkens says: “With this one-off payment our employees will benefit from this year’s anticipated good corporate results. The 33-month term from 1 April 2015 up until 31 December 2017 will create planning security and harmony between the bargaining parties.”

Lufthansa still remains embroiled in disputes over pay and retirement benefits with pilots and cabin crew that has resulted in numerous strikes.

“In cooperation with ver.di we succeeded in agreeing on a comprehensive collective labour agreement package for our biggest staff group which represents a fair compromise between the interests of the employees and the necessity to enter into more competitive cost structures”, adds Dr Volkens.