Lufthansa has reached a new pay and terms of employment agreement with flight attendant union Unabhängige Flugbegleiter Organisation (UFO) that will result in pay increases for cabin crew members.
Pay raise for Lufthansa cabin crew
Approximately 19,000 cabin crew members at the German airline will receive a progressive pay increase under the new contract between Lufthansa and union UFO. Along with increased starting salary and raises for senior crew members, there will be a one-time pay boost in January and a 2.5% raise in the employment.
- Basic monthly pay increased by €250 from January 1st, 2023
- A 2.5% salary increase from July 1st, 2023
- Starting salaries up by 17% for new cabin crew
- A 9% pay increase for the highest salary band crew members
“We are pleased that we have reached an agreement with our social partner UFO on salary increases for our Deutsche Lufthansa AG cabin staff that have a strong social dimension and have also been able to conclude a new collective terms-of-employment agreement at the same time. Our cabin staff in the lower and mid-range salary groups will particularly benefit from the agreement we have reached. With this, we are paying due and full regard to our social responsibilities.”Michael Niggemann, Chief Officer of Human Resources and Labor Director at Lufthansa
The two parties also came to an arrangement in August that gave cabin employees five one-time payments totaling €1,200 to help offset growing living expenses. Depending on the income band, the most recent terms will result in a pay increase of “between at least 8.89% and 17.47%,” according to UFO.
“Throughout the lengthy negotiations, our perseverance and patience paid off. After a pandemic-related crisis of two years, we may now move to 2023, when Lufthansa is expected to experience an upswing. We are confident that this will further promote the preservation of important jobs in the Lufthansa cabin.”Member of the UFO Collective Bargaining Board Stefan Schwerthelm
New terminology for expenses and employment
Improved employment prospects as well as more generous allowances and costs were among the other significant elements that were agreed upon. This comprises a 20% increase in expenses and a 30% increase in allowance.
The German airline has also abandoned its “seasonal cabin model,” expanding its regular workforce by some 2,700 part-time employees beginning on April 1, 2023, and removing time-restrictions. The airline has introduced a “new and more flexible” type of part-time employment in its place, and part-time cabin crew members can now more readily convert to full-time employment.
“The adaptable new workhour models provide opportunities, views, and attractive working terms and conditions that are directly connected to our cabin personnel’s needs.”Niggeman continued
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