Cabin union on board: Ufo accepts Lufthansa savings package

In the negotiations on a crisis package, Lufthansa reached an agreement in principle with the UFO union. The 22,000 flight attendants must now be prepared for cuts, but prevent job cuts.

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 in a ballot by the cabin union Ufo with a majority of 87.9 percent. This was announced by UFO managing director Nicoley Baublies. 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 been cut. The approximately 22,000 flight attendants will now have zero laps, additional part-time work and suspended benefits. According to Ufo, there is employment protection until mid-2024.

However, important details on the exact design are still open. Baublies asked the company to talk quickly and make specific suggestions. The UFO board has therefore also had a member vote to be able to take industrial action at a later date. Lufthansa can terminate the contract with two weeks' notice if the economic conditions 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 corresponding surplus personnel.