Lufthansa Technik, Lufthansa’s maintenance subsidiary, plans to close several German operations. This could cut nearly 800 jobs.
The Lufthansa subsidiary Lufthansa Technik wants to close several locations due to the Corona crisis. According to the Verdi union, this could mean the loss of almost 800 jobs.
As the Hamburg company announced on Thursday, planning to restructure the maintenance business has started. The employee committees had been informed which locations no longer had a future.
Verdi warned that line maintenance, i.e. the daily maintenance business, posed an immediate threat to 780 of 1,350 jobs. “While the Lufthansa Group is receiving billions in government support during the pandemic in order to save the company and secure jobs, the subsidiary is now expected to close operations and cut jobs on a large scale,” criticized Verdi expert Frank Hartstein.
These locations are affected
According to Lufthansa Technik, it is about the Bremen, Düsseldorf, Leipzig, Hanover and line maintenance sub-operations in Hamburg and in the north of Frankfurt. “In our opinion, we will no longer operate these in future.” Immediately before the crisis, the group spun off line maintenance for the Lufthansa airline at the Frankfurt, Munich and Hamburg locations from Lufthansa Technik and relocated it to Deutsche Lufthansa.
According to Verdi, Line Maintenance lost more than half of its business – especially the economically most important order for Lufthansa in Frankfurt and Munich.
However, the spin-off should not be at the expense of the employees, emphasized the union and criticized further decisions of the entire group. For example, Lufthansa decided that the maintenance work at the main location of the low-cost subsidiary Eurowings in Düsseldorf should no longer be carried out by Lufthansa Technik, but should be outsourced to an external competitor, Verdi criticized.
Lufthansa Technik said that they respect the decisions of customers. “It doesn’t matter whether they belong to the same group or not.” Lufthansa boss Carsten Spohr plans a partial sale of Lufthansa Technik, but wants to keep the majority.