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Lufthansa and union agree on salary increases for cabin personnel

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1 January 2023 can see a basic pay increase of 250 euros and 1 July 2023 can see a basic pay increase of 2.5 percent for approximately 19,000 Lufthansa cabin crew members.

A new collective salary and terms-of-work agreement, as well as a new collective part-time employment agreement, have been signed between Lufthansa and the flight attendants’ union “Unabhängige Flugbegleiter Organisation e.V.” (UFO) for Lufthansa’s cabin crew.

The following provisions are part of the new collective agreement:

From January 1, 2023, the basic monthly wage will increase by 250 euros.

Starting on July 1, 2023, the basic monthly wage will grow by an additional 2.5 percent.

The new collective bargaining agreements will endure at least through December 31, 2023.

The beginning earnings for cabin workers will increase by more than 17% as a result of the new collective agreement, which favors new hires in particular. The highest-paid cabin crew members will also see a raise on their baseline monthly wage of roughly 9%.

In light of recent improvements in cost-of-living conditions, Lufthansa and UFO previously came to an agreement in August of this year on five one-time payments totaling 1,200 euros to all cabin crew.

A new collective terms-of-employment agreement has also been approved by the social partners, providing new and more flexible part-time job models for increased productivity, particularly during the peak summer travel season.

“We are delighted that we have reached an agreement with our social partner UFO on salary increases that have a strong social dimension for our Deutsche Lufthansa AG cabin personnel, and have simultaneously been able to conclude a new collective terms-of-employment agreement,” says Michael Niggemann, Chief Officer Human Resources and Labor Director of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

“Our cabin personnel 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, while also ensuring our attractiveness as an employer. And the flexible new work hours models offer prospects, perspectives, and appealing working terms and conditions that are closely aligned to the needs of our cabin personnel.”

The crisis agreement that was reached in June 2020 in reaction to the coronavirus pandemic also officially comes to an end with the signing of the new collective wage and terms of the employment agreement.

The approval of the revised agreement is still pending from the UFO members and relevant organizations.

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