Flight attendants agree to zero rounds

First partial success for Lufthansa: the cabin crew approve the savings agreements with a large majority. However, an agreement with the pilots and the ground crew is still open.

Despite the billions in rescue packages for Lufthansa in the Corona crisis, employees have to fear for their future.

Dhe Lufthansa has reached specific savings agreements with a first group of employees with which the corona crisis is to be overcome. The flight attendants approved the relevant crisis collective agreement with a majority of 87.9 percent in a ballot by the cabin union Ufo.

This was announced by UFO managing director Nicoley Baublies on Saturday in Mörfelden-Walldorf near Frankfurt. However, Lufthansa has not yet reached an agreement with the pilots and has even broken off negotiations with the ground crew.

Without the agreement, 2,600 positions in the cabin crews of the core company Lufthansa would have had to be cut. The approximately 22,000 flight attendants will now have zero rounds, additional part-time work and suspended benefits. According to Ufo, there is employment protection until mid-2024. The savings volume is less than 25 percent of the costs.

However, important details on the exact design are still open. Baublies asked the company to talk quickly and make concrete suggestions. The UFO board has therefore also had a member vote to be able to take industrial action at a later point in time. Lufthansa can terminate the contract with a notice period of two weeks if the economic conditions should deteriorate dramatically.

The partially nationalized Lufthansa Group had put its global surplus of personnel at 22,000 full-time positions after the Corona slump, of which around 11,000 are in Germany. In the medium term, the group expects a fleet that will be reduced by 100 jets and a corresponding surplus of personnel.