As a result of the pandemic, Lufthansa is losing around half a million euros – every hour. Therefore, staff should also go. But the decision about it was postponed today.

A Lufthansa machine at Hamburg Airport.

Dhe Lufthansa has reached an agreement with the Verdi union on a crisis pact for around 35,000 workers on the ground. “After tough negotiations, we have achieved an initial result that offers prospects, ensures effective employee protection and Lufthansa flushes 200 million euros in contributions that employees pay into the coffers,” said Verdi Vice President Christine Behle on Thursday.

The agreement has a term until December 31, 2021 – in addition, the Verdi members still have to agree in a survey. Lufthansa confirmed the agreement.

Like all airlines, Lufthansa, which has been badly hit by the Corona crisis, is under great pressure to cut costs and cut staff. Agreements with the trade unions on wage cuts and voluntary resignation could help avoid mass layoffs. According to Lufthansa boss Carsten Spohr, the group needs 27,000 fewer full-time positions after the Corona crisis.

The downsizing was postponed

One of the first noticeable measures of the agreement will be that the Christmas bonus will no longer apply this year. The Lufthansa ground crew is also protected against layoffs until the end of March 2022. In addition, programs for partial retirement and volunteer programs for socially acceptable staff reductions were agreed.

However, a regulation has been postponed as to how the downsizing Lufthansa is aiming for is to be achieved safely. The agreement will expire at the end of 2021, even if the current short-time working regulation ends at the latest. According to the current status, terminations for the end of March 2022 are possible.

Lufthansa Chief Human Resources Officer Michael Niggemann therefore calls the agreement only “an important first step towards reducing personnel costs on the ground”. He warns: “We must not let up on working on crisis management measures in order to agree on good solutions for our employees after the end of short-time work.” to be resumed at an early stage according to the will of the Group.