A day after a 24-hour strike disrupted some cargo flights, a breakthrough was reached in what has been an ongoing battle since September 2014 between the management of Cargolux Airlines and Luxembourg’s OGBL, the center-left trade union representing pilots.
The two sides hashed out a new collective work agreement today, stating that newly hired pilots will have more available duty days. Among the other highlights of the deal, Cargolux will cap the number of aircraft to be used at subsidiary carrier Cargolux Italia – a major bone of contention – and will introduce a new profit-sharing system. The new agreement will be finalized and ready to sign by Sept. 16, a year after all the fireworks began.
Cargolux president and CEO Dirk Reich said he was happy to see the parties come to an agreement, while the OGBL’s Hubert Hollerich said the agreement would bring economic and social stability to the company and its employees.