Lufthansa, Cabin Crew Union Agree Deal

June 30, 2016

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Lufthansa and its main cabin crew union have reached a deal in a long-running dispute over pay, conditions and pensions, in a boost for the carrier which is also negotiating with pilots.

The deal was achieved thanks to a mediator, who will formally announce the terms on Tuesday once a few final details have been agreed, the two sides said.

Until then, both sides said they had agreed to keep the terms confidential.

Lufthansa is trying to cut costs to better compete with low-cost rivals within Europe, such as Ryanair and easyJet, and also with leaner rivals such as Emirates and Turkish Airlines, on long-haul routes.

Lufthansa management and the cabin crew union UFO have been at loggerheads since September 2013, when Lufthansa said it wanted to cancel a decades-old early retirement scheme. The row culminated in November, when UFO staged the longest-ever strike in the German carrier's history.

A dispute with its pilots stretches back four years but the union and Lufthansa said last month they hoped to reach a deal by the end of July.

More than 20 issues were discussed in the mediation process with cabin crew, ranging from pay, details of a pension scheme, working conditions at low-cost carrier Eurowings and terms for moving staff to other airlines within the Lufthansa group.

(Reuters)