Status: 01.08.2022 2:54 p.m.
The ver.di union has agreed with the handling companies of several German airports on wage increases, some of which are high. What is the next step in the wage dispute at Lufthansa?
Ground staff at several German airports receive higher salaries. The ver.di union was able to conclude wage agreements for more than 6,000 employees of small companies. “Due to the lack of personnel and the high workload, many employers are more willing to increase their income considerably. It is very rewarding,” said ver.di trader Marvin Reschinsky.
Among other things, wages are rising at the passenger handling company Aviation Handling Services, which operates at the airports of Düsseldorf, Hanover and Cologne/Bonn, for example. Employees will receive between 17 and 26% more pay over the next six months. At the ground handling service provider Aviapartner in Düsseldorf and Hanover, wages will be increased by 300 euros with immediate effect.
Fraground employees at Germany’s largest airport in Frankfurt am Main will also receive up to 14% more retrospectively from July 1. In addition, there is a one-time payment of 700 euros for the current air traffic load. ver.di recently secured pay increases of up to 18% for staff at Stuttgart Ground Services and Düsseldorf-based material handling company Acciona.
New negotiations with Lufthansa
In view of the desire of small businesses to increase employee wages, it is “all the more astonishing that a company like Lufthansa refuses large increases, disappoints employees and expects its passengers to strike during the vacation,” says Reschinsky.
As of Wednesday, the union is negotiating with Lufthansa in the third round for more money for around 20,000 group employees in ground staff. For them, ver.di is asking for 9.5% more salary for a period of twelve months. To increase the pressure, workers went on strike for more than 26 hours last week. The airline had to cancel more than a thousand flights, affecting more than 130,000 passengers.
Thousands of skilled workers are missing
Lufthansa pilots also voted to strike after collective bargaining stalled over the weekend. The company always tries to prevent this. “The talks will continue so that we can find a solution at the negotiating table,” a Lufthansa spokeswoman said today.
All German airports are currently struggling with staff shortages: according to the German Economic Institute, around 7,200 specialists are missing. This sometimes means long waiting times for passengers. In addition to pay, trade unions criticize working conditions in the industry and the trend towards outsourcing of services.