The Germany Carrier, Lufthansa Airlines Group has agreed to pay increased salaries to its pilots at Lufthansa and Lufthansa Cargo.
During the coronavirus, the airline terminated the agreement and started to set up a new airline with lower pay scale conditions.
Michael Niggemann, Chief Human Resources Officer and Labor Director of the Deutsche Lufthansa Airlines Group said, “The agreement benefits entry-level salaries in particular.”
An entry-level co-pilot will receive around 20 percent additional basic pay, while a captain in the final grade will receive 5.5percentt, Lufthansa Airlines Group further stated.
A press release from Lufthansa Group stated, “Lufthansa and the German pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit union have agreed on a pay increase for pilots at Lufthansa and Lufthansa Cargo.”
“The cockpit crews will receive an increase in their basic monthly pay of 490 euros each in two stages – with retroactive effect from 1 August 2022, and as of 1 April 2023”, the press release added.
“The agreement includes a comprehensive peace obligation until June 30, 2023, and strikes are excluded during this period. So now there is one segment of employees who won’t give till next June more strike calls that disrupt flights. This gives customers and employees planning security”, it added.
The agreement is still subject to detailed formulation and approval by the responsible bodies, Lufthansa Group said.
Background for the increase
The airline pilots’ strike on September 2. Due to this strike, almost 800 flights were canceled. Effecting affecting nearly 1.3 lakh passengers. 700 passengers at the Delhi airport almost all Canada-bound students – who were to fly to Frankfurt and Munich that night.
The pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) had confirmed that Lufthansa pilots would stage an all-day strike both for flights by the core passenger business and its cargo subsidiary.
The union is demanding a 5.5 per cent pay rise this year for its more than 5,000 pilots, as well as automatic inflation adjustments for 2023.