Lufthansa and Vereinigung Cockpit Enter Pay Agreement

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Lufthansa and the German pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit have agreed to raise pay for Lufthansa and Lufthansa Cargo pilots.

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 agreement favours entry-level salaries in particular. An entry-level co-pilot will receive around 20% more basic pay, while a captain in the final grade will receive 5.5 per cent.

The agreement also includes a comprehensive peace obligation until June 30, 2023. Strikes are prohibited during this period. It provides customers and staff with planning security.

During this time, both collective bargaining partners will continue their constructive debate on a range of topics. Lufthansa and Vereinigung Cockpit have decided to keep further details and discussions private. The agreement is still subject to the responsible bodies' thorough formulation and approval.

Michael Niggemann, Chief Human Resources Officer and Labour Director of the Deutsche Lufthansa AG said:

"We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Vereinigung Cockpit. The increase in basic salary with uniform base amounts leads to the desired higher proportional increase in entry-level salaries. We now want to use the next few months in a trusting dialogue with Vereinigung Cockpit to find and implement sustainable solutions. The common goal is to continue to offer our pilots attractive and secure jobs with prospects for further development going forward."

Source: Lufthansa

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