The Lufthansa and the UFO cabin crew union have agreed on a comprehensive arbitration agreement. This also includes a duty to maintain peace until the end of the process, as both sides announced. For the time being, there will be no new strikes.
The agreement was three strikes preceded by a total of around 2,000 flight cancellations and months of negotiations between the disputed tariff parties. A turnaround was only achieved with the entry of the new Lufthansa Personnel Director Michael Niggemann.
According to dpa, the arbitration is to be carried out by the previously designated arbitrators Matthias Platzeck and Frank-Jürgen Weise, who were already involved in the lengthy initiation. There should also be mediation and an extrajudicial quality procedure. Other experts have been appointed for this.
The entry into arbitration means immediate improvements for the approximately 22,000 Lufthansa flight attendants. The stop-over stays in Japan and South Korea will be extended again and the employees will receive a special payment of 1,500 euros each.
In addition to collective bargaining issues on working conditions, pensions and wages, the long disputes between the arguing parties have left some conflicts. Among other things, it deals with personal complaints by Lufthansa and related liability questions against former and current board members of the union. Former UFO chief Nicoley Baublies was also fired from Lufthansa services.
The UFO has been concluding collective agreements with Lufthansa since 2002. In a serious leadership crisis in the union last year, the company had questioned its ability to pay and did not recognize decisions by the UFO board, for example, to terminate collective agreements. Lufthansa sued to deprive the UFO of union status, but withdrew the complaint.