German airline Lufthansa and the cabin crew union managed to reach an agreement on the working conditions, which affects 19 thousand employees, reported Reuters.
There is a new deal for the payment within 3 and a half years, during which time salaries will be increased by 5.5%, announced the Independent Flight Attendant Organization (UFO) cabin crew union. The arrangement is retroactively effective as of the beginning of this year until mid-2019.
Additionally, employees will receive a one-time 3 thousand еuros premium and a share of the profits.
Both parties have also agreed to a change in the pension terms and according to sources of Reuters, the change will save the company about 70 million euros per year.
The union UFO, in its turn, has managed to negotiate a number of improvements regarding job security and opportunities for development. For example, employees of the subsidiaries Cityline and Eurowings will be able to move to the parent company.
Negotiations took place with the mediation of the Minister President of the German state of Brandenburg Matthias Platzeck and talks were conducted since the beginning of 2016.
Lufthansa efforts to reduce costs but the plan to reform the pension scheme and the transformation of the regional airline Eurowings in low-budget carrier ran into resistance from leading trade unions. This led to a series of strikes and deteriorating relations between management and the trade union organization.