LUFTHANSA Pilots Agree To Long Term Labor Peace

LUFTHANSA Pilots Agree To Long Term Labor Peace

Earlier today, Lufthansa Pilots ratified a proposal that will put to end a long running labor dispute between Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) and the Airline.

The new deal, approved by 80% of LH’s pilots,  is in place through June 2022 and addresses most issues that led to the myriad of strikes that affected passengers over the last couple of years.    Most of the discord between pilots and Lufthansa had been pension plans for pilots before they reach full retirement age and job security for existing pilots.

Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo, and Eurowing pilots will receive a 10.2 percent raise in increments between now and June 2022 as well as an immediate bonus of 1.8 months worth of salary.

The deal also includes guarantees that Lufthansa will operate a minimum of aircraft between now and the deal’s expiration in 2022, along with an agreement for collective bargaining for future negotiations.  Specifically, 325 aircraft need to be in service that are piloted by LH, LH Cargo, or Germanwings pilots.

For pilots, they also agreed to migrate their retirement plan from a defined benefit program to a defined contribution program, which reduces the stress on Lufthansa as far as funding retirement plans is concerned.

So it looks like we can fly the crane for the next 4.5 years without worrying about any flights being cancelled due to strike actions by the pilots.

Lufthansa Pilot’s Union Whispering About NEW Strikes

Lufthansa Pilot’s Union Whispering About NEW Strikes

The union representing the majority of Lufthansa’s pilots has once again suggesting that strike are imminent in the coming days and weeks.

Little progress has been made in settling a multi-pronged dispute that includes benefits for pilots who retire early as well as the union’s dissatisfaction with Lufthansa’s labor plans for their Low Cost Carrier operations including WINGS and germanwings.

The union has stated that it will meet with its membership in the near future to determine the timing of the next wave of strikes.   Typically the union has given 24-48 hours of an upcoming walkout which gives little time for LH to respond.   Fortunately Lufthansa has managed the process as well as be expected as it tries to minimize the impact that passengers would feel.

I’ll provide additional updates as this latest threat develops.