The chaos with more than a thousand canceled flights in Frankfurt and Munich due to a strike by Lufthansa ground staff last week had an effect. The German airline has now given in to union demands and is paying its ground staff more.
This means that around 20,000 employees can look forward to a higher salary. Because of the corona crisis, you had waived increases and Christmas and holiday bonuses for two years. Accordingly, Lufthansa ground staff will receive an additional 200 euros per month retrospectively from July 1st. From January 2023 there will be 2.5 percent more on the account (at least 125 euros) and from July 1, 2023 another 2.5 percent, but without a minimum amount. “The result includes inflation compensation and an additional increase in real wages,” says Christine Behle, chief negotiator for the German trade union Verdi.
The one-day warning strike, which paralyzed almost all of Lufthansa’s flight schedule, cost Lufthansa around 35 million euros, according to CFO Remco Steenbergen. In the event of non-agreement, the Verdi union had threatened further strikes during peak travel times. The agreement does not apply to the Austrian subsidiary Austrian Airlines (AUA).
An agreement was also reached with the German holiday airline Condor, a Lufthansa subsidiary. The 3,000 employees in the air and on the ground will receive at least seven percent more from January 2023 and up to nine percent more in 2024, based on inflation.