Lufthansa reaches agreement with ver.di union on significant pay increases for ground staff

We are happy that we managed to find a good solution for our employees together with the social partner,” said Michael Niggemann, Member of the Management Board and Head of Human Resources of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “We agreed to significant salary increases. It was particularly important for us to give disproportionate attention to low and middle income groups. We thus assume our social responsibility towards our employees and ensure our attractiveness as an employer. Given the still high burdens caused by the pandemic and the uncertain economic situation, we have spread the compensation increase over several stages and created longer-term planning certainty thanks to an 18-month term.”

In detail, the new collective compensation agreement includes the following elements:

  • Fixed amount of 200 euros per month retroactive to July 1, 2022
  • Increase in the basic monthly salary of 2.5%, but of at least 125 euros, from January 1, 2023
  • Monthly base salary increase of 2.5% effective July 1, 2023
  • Duration of at least 18 months

Exemplary increases in the basic monthly salary (gross) during the period:

  • Base salary/month of 2,000 euros: increase of 19.2%
  • Base salary/month of 3,000 euros: increase of 13.6%
  • Base salary/month of 6,500 euros: increase of 8.3%

The deal is still subject to board approval and a survey of ver.di members.

Regarding the upcoming negotiations with the cockpit and cabin, Niggemann reaffirmed the willingness of the Lufthansa management to reach an agreement and expressed his belief that good solutions can also be found here.