Cabin crew at Air Berlin, Europe's third largest low cost carrier, will get a 3% pay increase on Jan. 1, 2008 and a 2.8% raise in 2009. The Air Berlin cabin crew are represented by the Ver.di labor union.
According to an article about the Air Berlin agreement published by the Bloomberg new service, "The airline, pilots and cabin crews reached the first labor contracts in the company's 29-year history in August, based on current wages and conditions."
The raises apply to employees of the original Air Berlin and to those at the Dba unit, Steffen Kuehhirt, a spokesman at Ver.di's Berlin headquarters, said by phone today. The increases may be subject to "small" changes depending on inflation.An Air Berlin spokesman said the airline agreed to raise wages by the inflation rate plus 1 percent.
The union plans to start negotiations with Air Berlin about setting up a works council representing cabin crews, Kuehhirt said.