Lufthansa announces that its pandemic savings plan threatens the employment of up to 22,000 workers

The coronavirus crisis has strongly impacted the airline sector due to restrictions on movement imposed by governments to try to contain the pandemic. In this way, the company Lufthansa has held a meeting with the main unions of the company to negotiate a savings plan that could involve the dismissal of up to 22,000 employees full time.

The group’s goal, however, is to reduce layoffs as much as possible by resorting to resources such as shorter working hours and other savings measures, according to chief of staff Michael Niggeman, according to German media.

“Without a significant reduction in personnel costs during the crisis we will lose the opportunity to get out of the crisis with a better restart and we risk the Lufthansa group clearly emerging from the crisis weakened, “said Niggeman.

In a statement released to the media, the cabin staff union UFO stressed that for the airline sector “the successful restart” there is no alternative, although he stressed that for this Lufthansa must still change its attitude.

«The workers of all the airlines of the consortium must be protected against dismissal and being able to have faith that the management is ready to embark on a joint course, “said UFO representative Nicoley Baublies at the end of the round of negotiations.

Both unions and employers they aspire to reach an agreement before June 25, when an extraordinary meeting of Lufthansa shareholders will be held to decide on the rescue of the airline, which has already been approved by the group’s board of directors.

The rescue plan agreed with the German Government and renegotiated with the European Commission (EC) foresees that the group of airlines, hard hit by the pandemic, receive 9,000 million euros in aid, while in exchange the German state will become the majority shareholder.

Lufthansa will stop trading on the Frankfurt DAX 30 from June 22 due to the drastic fall in its shares, after suffering a net loss of 2.1 billion euros in the first quarter of the year.