After a marathon two-day round, the ufo cab union announced the agreement on saturday. The employers had substantially improved their offer at short notice and had responded to all the union’s points, said ufo chairman nicoley baublies in bad honnef near bonn. "The threat of industrial action is off the table" and germanwings customers can fly off on vacation with peace of mind.
The managing director of the lufthansa subsidiary, axel schmidt, said: "we have gone to the limit of what is possible for us with our offer to the ufo cabin union."The compromise is very close to the demands of the cabin crew union, but does not jeopardize germanwings’ competitive ability.
The details of the agreement now reached still have to be set out in a new collective bargaining agreement in the coming weeks. It provides, among other things, an improvement of the salary holders over a period of two years in three stages by almost 6 percent. Part of the increase is dependent on the improvement in earnings at germanwings. Additional one-time payment of maximum 1500 euro. The lufthansa subsidiary employs a good 700 flight attendants, more than half of whom are unionized, according to ufo.
The union’s demand to convert fixed-term contracts into permanent ones was also met. Furthermore, the working hours were newly regulated. In the future, ufo will keep a close watch to ensure that lufthansa and its subsidiary have secure jobs in the long term and "in perspective," baublies emphasized.
A strike at germanwings had come at the worst possible time and had hit the company at a sensitive point. In the run-up to the agreement, lufthansa boss christoph franz had reminded the bargaining parties that the subsidiary must remain favorable. If this was no longer the case due to excessively high wage agreements, germanwings would also have lost the basis of its existence. The line is about 20 to 30 percent less expensive than lufthansa.
Just a week ago, the low-cost carrier introduced a new, three-tier pricing system. It is the centerpiece of a realignment of the lufthansa group in europe. In future, all german and european flights outside the frankfurt and munich hubs will no longer be offered by the parent company lufthansa, but by germanwings.