Air Berlin, Cabin Crew Union Agree Deal


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Air Berlin and the Verdi cabin crew union have agreed terms of a new collective bargaining agreement.

The deal will bring employee groups, some of whom currently work under different agreements, together under one collective agreement.

The agreement for the 2,600 cabin crew will come into effect from November 1, 2016.

“This helps us (make) the far-reaching strategic changes that are required for the new Air Berlin,” chief executive Stefan Pichler said. 

Last week, Air Berlin announced a restructuring which includes transferring up to 40 aircraft to Lufthansa, leaving a fleet of around 75 aircraft.

There will be 1,200 job losses and the airline’s tourist flight business will become a separate operating unit.

“We are implementing a size and structure for the business that is fit for purpose. We will see revenues grow and costs contained as a result of this restructuring,” Pichler said last week.