Lufthansa, cabin crew eye pay ac­cord by Novem­ber

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

Lufthansa and the union rep­re­sent­ing cabin crew say they are con­fi­dent they will reach an agree­ment in a pro­tracted dis­pute over pay and pen­sions. Talks have been ex­tended un­til Nov. 1.

The Ger­man car­rier has been in lengthy ne­go­ti­a­tions with var­i­ous staff groups as it tries to cut costs to com­pete more ef­fec­tively with low-cost air­lines and Gulf air­line ri­vals.

The cabin crew union, UFO, rep­re­sent­ing about 19,000 flight at­ten­dants, op­poses changes to com­pany pen­sion plans and has for more than a year been ne­go­ti­at­ing with Lufthansa over a new wage con­tract. "I'm con­vinced that we can find con­struc­tive so­lu­tions," Lufthansa per­son­nel chief Bet­tina Volkens said in a state­ment pub­lished on Sun­day. "Af­ter a lot of back and forth, we all want and need an end to the im­passe," UFO head Ni­co­ley Baublies said in a let­ter to staff also re­leased on Sun­day.

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