On Thursday Lufthansa stopped negotiations with the Verdi union about savings for ground staff. The union represents 35,000 employees and has made savings of 600 million euros, which is not enough for the company.
According to a spokeswoman for Lufthansa, both parties have sat together twenty times, so far without any result.
Verdi is outraged. “This is a blow to the staff,” said Vice-Chair Christine Behle. She finds it unacceptable that the airline is demanding high returns, but with no guarantee of job security or “socially acceptable” layoffs.
Lufthansa received billions in support from the federal government, but in return has to reduce its workforce and fleet considerably. The company plans to lose 22,000 jobs, half of them in Germany. A social agreement on the necessary savings has already been reached at the Brussels Airlines subsidiary.