COLOGNE/BONN – Breakthrough for Eurowings: just ahead of Christmas, the Lufthansa Group’s low-cost airline has agreed a collective agreement for growth for the flight operations of Eurowings Germany with Verdi and Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) respectively. “As a result we are now capable of short-term growth in all Eurowings flight operations,”said Eurowings Managing Director, Jörg Beissel. This means that from now on crews can apply not only to Eurowings Europe but also to flight operations at Eurowings Germany. Beissel added: “From now on, we will be advertising positions there for captains, co-pilots, pursers and flight attendants.”

Both collective agreements for growth specify that previous experience will be taken into account in the collective pay scale grouping for cockpit applicants. A new Eurowings pilot with 5,000 flight hours of flying experience, for example, will be classified in a higher pay scale group than a pilot with 3,000 flight hours of flying experience. This is immensely important to Benedict Schneider, Head of HR at Eurowings, “Nobody starts from scratch with us.” Eurowings agreed similar collective agreements for growth for the cabin crew of Eurowings Germany with UFO [Unabhängige Flugbegleiterorganisation = Independent Flight Attendants Organisation] and Verdi back in September.

As a result of the collective agreements for growth, Eurowings will increase staff numbers at all German bases (including Düsseldorf, Munich, Stuttgart, Cologne) as well as in Austria and Spain and will expand its fleet by 30 aircraft of the Airbus A320 family by the summer flight schedule 2018. Eurowings will also offer the existing cockpit staff new prospects, “As a result, Eurowings will shortly advertise 86 captain’s posts for its co-pilots internally,” said Schneider. In addition, the staff will receive a lump-sum payment for 2017, an improvement in pensions and a commitment to employment regarding location and the job performed up to 30 June 2021.

Eurowings has also concluded all existing collective agreements for the cockpit staff of flight operations Eurowings Germany with the service provider union Verdi – in unchanged form. In addition to the collective agreement for growth, the agreement includes the following collective agreements: collective agreement on pay, framework collective agreement on employment conditions, collective agreement on staff representation, collective agreement on occupational pensions, collective agreement on change and promotion as well as a collective agreement on part-time work. The collective agreement on pay has been extended in this case until 30 June 2021. During this period, there will be substantial table increases in the pay for cockpit staff. The framework collective agreement will also be valid until the end of June 2021.

Eurowings has already hired more than 500 employees in recent weeks, including a large number of flight attendants and pilots from the insolvent Air Berlin. Eurowings has currently advertised more than 2,000 jobs in Düsseldorf, Cologne, Stuttgart, Munich, Vienna, Salzburg and Palma de Mallorca. Applicants who are former employees of Air Berlin can go through a shortened selection process. Previous experience will be taken into account for all applicants in respect of pay. Anyone with Eurowings Europe who is based in Germany will get the same terms as with Eurowings Germany.

Eurowings is holding three information events (Recruiting Days) for applicants this week: in Vienna on 19 and 20 December and in Düsseldorf on 21 December. Several hundred interested applicants attended the first event on 19 December, and numerous recruitment pledges were also made. Jörg Beissel, “We are offering secure jobs on attractive terms with Europe’s fastest growing airline.”