80% of German Airline Pilots Union approves labor agreements

Deutsche Lufthansa AG has noted the approval of about 80 percent of the members of the German Airline Pilots Union “Vereinigung Cockpit” (VC) with regard to the signed collective labor agreements, the company said.

Thus, long-term stable labor relations could be reached. Among others, the parties have agreed on a framework collective agreement and a new remuneration agreement as well as agreements on pension and transitional payments lasting until June 2022. The new contracts will result in a structural overall cost saving of 15 percent of staff costs in the cockpit — before wage increases to be paid in the future. The deadline for the vote had expired at 12pm today.

At the same time, Lufthansa and Vereinigung Cockpit agreed on in the package to operate a minimum of 325 aircraft with pilots from Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo and Germanwings by the end of 2022. This will create far-reaching future and career prospects for the pilots. Moreover, junior pilots will be employed from the afore-mentioned airlines with immediate effect and should number more than 500 in 2018.

The entry-level and potential final compensations for future employees will continue to be based on today´s current levels. More moderate increases will, however, reduce costs. The remuneration structures of current employees remain unchanged. Additionally, further measures have been agreed on in order to increase productivity.