Lufthansa and flight attendants’ union reach agreement on a new contract

Lufthansa and the flight attendants’ union “Unabhängige Flugbegleiter Organisation e.V.” (UFO) have reached an agreement on a new collective pay and terms-of-employment agreement, together with a new collective part-time employment agreement, for Lufthansa’s cabin personnel.

The new collective pay agreement includes the following terms:

  • Basic monthly pay will be increased by 250 euros from 1 January 2023.
  • Basic monthly pay will be increased by an additional 2.5 percent from 1 July 2023.

The new collective agreements will remain in effect until at least December 31, 2023.

The new collective pay agreement particularly benefits new employees: starting salaries for cabin personnel will be increased by over 17percent. Cabin personnel at the highest salary grade will also get about 9 percent increase in their basic monthly pay.

Lufthansa and UFO already reached agreement in August of this year on five one-off payments totaling 1,200 euros to all cabin personnel, in view of the recent developments in cost-of-living terms.

The social partners have also agreed on a new collective terms-of-employment agreement that offers new and more flexible part-time employment models for more productivity; especially in the summer months with high demand for air travel.

“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 workhours models offer prospects, perspectives and appealing working terms and conditions that are closely aligned to the needs of our cabin personnel.”

The conclusion of the new collective pay and terms-of-employment agreement also formally ends the crisis agreement concluded in June 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The new agreement is still subject to the approval of the relevant bodies and UFO members.

In other news, the airline has announced Lufthansa passengers can offset the CO₂ emissions of their flight directly on board. The offer is available immediately on all Lufthansa flights worldwide with Internet connectivity. After a successful test run, the airline is now offering this service to its guests on a permanent basis. The new service offer underlines Lufthansa’s clear strategy to lead aviation into a more sustainable future.

Passengers can use the offer free of charge via the Internet on board on their own mobile devices. The onboard connectivity system also offers the new compensation options with immediate effect. Guests can use a slider to decide for themselves how they want to offset the CO₂ emissions of their flight: With sustainable aviation fuel from biogenic residues or via carbon offset projects of the non-profit organization myclimate. A combination of both options is also possible. Furthermore, passengers can see directly when using the offset offer on board how many passengers have already offset the CO₂ emissions of their individual flight on that day and thus become part of a growing community.

Lufthansa offers its guests multiple possibilities for CO₂ compensation along the entire travel chain – from a “green fare” to additional compensation offers in the booking process to the now newly created possibility to make an individual contribution even during the flight.

With a clear strategy into a sustainable future

The Lufthansa Group has set itself ambitious climate protection goals and is striving for a neutral CO₂ balance by 2050. Already by 2030, the aviation group wants to halve its net CO₂ emissions compared to 2019 through reduction and compensation measures. The reduction roadmap until 2030 was validated in August 2022 by the independent Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi). This makes the Lufthansa Group the first airline group in Europe with a scientifically based CO₂ reduction target in line with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement of 2015.

For effective climate protection, the Lufthansa Group relies in particular on accelerated fleet modernization, the continuous optimization of flight operations, the use of sustainable aviation fuels, and innovative offers for its customers to make a flight or the transport of cargo CO₂-neutral.

Top Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Airbus A330-343 D-AIKI (msn 687) IAH (Jarrod Wilkening). Image: 959283.

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