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Lufthansa and Verdi Agree on New Deal for Ground Staff

Lufthansa and the trade union Verdi have agreed on a new collective wage agreement for the approximately 20,000 ground staff of Deutsche Lufthansa, Lufthansa Technik, Lufthansa Cargo, and other companies. The wage agreement includes pay increases of around 12.5% in two steps, disproportionately in the lower and middle income groups.

Lufthansa and Verdi have thus reached an agreement as part of the arbitration process with Thuringia's Minister President Bodo Ramelow and Dr. Frank-Jürgen Weise, the former head of the Federal Employment Agency, and have settled the wage dispute that has been ongoing since the beginning of the year.

The new collective agreement in detail:

Average salary increases of around 12.5%

• Retroactive to 1 January 2024: pay increase of 7 percent (but at least 280 euros)

• As of 1 March 2025: increase in remuneration by a basic amount of 150 euros plus 2% (corresponding to an average total increase of over 5 percent)

Payment of inflation compensation premiums totaling 3,000 euros net

• 2,000 euros as soon as possible, 1,000 euros by November 2024

Other key elements: 

• Harmonization of working conditions in East and West 

• Introduction of a shift allowance of 3.6 per cent

• Flexible working hours of up to 40 hours for Deutsche Lufthansa

• Increase in holiday pay supplement by 150 euros from 2025 

• Increase in Germany ticket allowance to 30 euros 

• Extensive package for trainees


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