LUFTHANSA:  Labor Peace With Pilots Continues To Be Elusive

LUFTHANSA: Labor Peace With Pilots Continues To Be Elusive

Months ago, Lufthansa and Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) had set a soft target of August 5 to come to terms with one another and finally reach an agreement that would satisfy everyone.   With the deadline now 10 days in the past, no major progress was reported.   As a matter a fact, in comments coming from both sides it seems that they may have even lost some ground that was gained in past negotiations.

Are Strikes likely?

At this point, no.    Negotiations have not been contentious and both sides agree that it is in everyone’s best interest to work towards an agreement that would appease everyone.   Of course this has been proven to be easier said than done.

For now it looks as though negotiations will pause which will allow each side to go back to their corner, assess what has happened and what needs to happen.   Once that takes place, they’ll start another round of negotiations and continue the dance.

Related:  Lufthansa Reaches Agreement With Flight Attendants

LUFTHANSA And UFO Enter Period Of Arbitration & Expect Long Term Labor Agreement

LUFTHANSA And UFO Enter Period Of Arbitration & Expect Long Term Labor Agreement

Late last week, Lufthansa announced that it had agreed to enter arbitration with UFO.    For those of you not familiar with UFO, they are the union that represents Lufthansa’s cabin crews.

The new agreement promises labor peace between UFO and LH until June 30th at which point this arbitration agreement is set expire.    This latest agreement for arbitration is important to both sides because their previous ‘band-aid’ agreement expires on September 30.  Last year, LH and UFO reached agreements on several points, however there are still a few agreements that need to be reach in order to have a long term labor agreement in place.

From what I’ve read, it seems that both sides are optimistic that a deal will be reached and perhaps for the first time in a long time, we can book travel without the shadows of strikes in the background.