This means that the risk of a strike has been averted until the end of 2026.
Lufthansa passengers can breathe a sigh of relief: renewed pilot strikes are excluded until the end of 2026. The regular pilots of the companies Lufthansa and Lufthansa Cargo have accepted the negotiated collective agreement, as announced by the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) union in Frankfurt. 65.5 percent of the voting members voted for the agreement.
According to Lufthansa, the approximately 5,200 pilots will receive at least 18 percent more money in several stages over the next three years. Together with two flat-rate increases from the previous year, this would result in salary increases of 25 to 50 percent over the total period of four and a half years, depending on the classification. A one-off payment of 3,000 euros was also agreed.
More significant are the additional agreements on working and standby times in the general collective agreement and the abolition of a second collective agreement that was introduced years ago for newcomers. A solution is also being accepted for 150 captains of the subsidiary Germanwings, which was set up in 2020, who will switch to the parent Lufthansa in their previous function. Around 550 Lufthansa pilots will receive financial compensation for this because they can later be promoted to captain.
A warning strike day in collective bargaining
It remains unclear at first how the short feeder flights to the hubs in Frankfurt and Munich will be organized in the future. The Lufthansa Group has founded a new airline, “City Airlines”, which is supposed to do this at lower costs than the Lufthansa core company was previously able to do itself. The company wants to agree the tariffs for city pilots with VC, which has always opposed such a shift in previous negotiations.
The union’s collective bargaining committee left the decision up to the members concerned and declared a good two weeks ago that no better result could be achieved through negotiations. This means that in the now concluded collective bargaining round, there will be a warning strike on September 2, 2022, when all flight operations of the main brand were stopped.