Lufthansa cancels 80 partial retirement contracts

Lufthansa passenger plane

For many employees, there were no prospects for continued employment at the remaining hubs in Munich and Frankfurt.

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Frankfurt The conflict between Lufthansa and the Verdi service union continues to intensify. After the negotiations on an overarching Corona restructuring contract were broken off, the company terminated the partial retirement agreements for around 80 employees at the abandoned decentralized locations. According to Verdi, employees in Düsseldorf, Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Cologne, Bremen, Nuremberg and Hanover are affected.

“It is absolutely absurd to punish long-term employees in this way because you think you will save personnel costs with it,” said Verdi Vice-Chairman and Lufthansa Supervisory Board member Christine Behle on Wednesday. With partial retirement one can secure the jobs of younger employees in a socially acceptable way, said the union.

The fact that this model is now being reduced is another low blow. A company spokeswoman justified the layoffs with the lack of further employment prospects for the people at the remaining hubs in Munich and Frankfurt as a result of the corona crisis.

A small group met who would have been in the active phase of partial retirement at the end of May next year. Like many others, employees would be offered fair severance pay. The end of the decentralized locations was announced in 2015.

On the question of the renovation contribution of the 35,000 land workers, the group is still waiting for a substantially improved offer from Verdi, said the spokeswoman. The company broke off the talks unilaterally. The savings of around 600 million euros offered by Verdi so far correspond to only around 8 percent of the corresponding personnel costs instead of the necessary 20 percent.

After the Corona slump, the partially nationalized Lufthansa Group put its global surplus of staff at 22,000 full-time positions, of which around 11,000 are in Germany. In the medium term, the group expects a fleet that will be reduced by 100 jets.

Lufthansa basically agrees with the flight attendants on the savings contribution, while for the pilots there is only a short-term interim solution until the end of the year.

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