DFS and German air navigation services union (GdF) arrive at comprehensive agreement

The collective agreement covering remuneration extends over a period of 48 months. Agreements were also reached on provisions covering part-time work for older employees, early retirement and the exclusion of compulsory redundancies.

22.12.2016.- On 20 December 2016, the two parties to the collective agreements, DFS and GdF, successfully concluded a comprehensive agreement after nearly two years of negotiations. The entire package includes the cornerstones for the conclusion of a collective agreement for the DFS Group, an employment structure agreement and an agreement on remuneration for the calendar years 2016 until 2019.

The new agreement covering remuneration applies to about 5,300 DFS employees who will receive a retroactive pay rise of 1.5 percent for the year 2016. A further pay rise of 2.0 percent will enter into effect on 1 April 2017 followed by another increase of 2.7 percent on 1 April 2019. The agreement covering remuneration extends over 48 months, or until 31 December 2019.

In addition to the pay rise, DFS will set aside further financial means for the duration of the agreement to support social benefits. The specific details will be decided after the conclusion of the collective agreement covering remuneration.

The negotiations also resulted in a employment structure agreement that includes provisions on part-time work for older employees, early retirement and the exclusion of compulsory redundancies as well as the cornerstones for the conclusion of a collective agreement for the DFS Group. In the coming weeks, the negotiated results will have to be incorporated into collective agreements.

"The agreement reached today by the parties to the collective agreement took place under difficult conditions, where common ground was found to satisfy both the interests of the employees and management. DFS went to the limit of what was financially possible in times of limited financial resources. The results are still acceptable for DFS because the collective agreement covers such a long time frame and thus provides the company with a solid foundation for its future planning that encompasses the second reference period," explained Dr Michael Hann, Managing Director Human Resources at DFS and Labour Director. "At the same time, the results provide stability as the charges for airspace users have become predictable and thus manageable."

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH
, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 5,550 employees as at 30/11/2016. DFS ensures the safe and punctual flow of air traffic over Germany. Around 2,000 air traffic controllers guide up to 10,000 flights in German airspace every day, and about three million movements every year. This makes Germany the country with the highest traffic volume in Europe. The company operates control centres in Langen, Bremen, Karlsruhe and Munich as well as 16 control towers at international airports in Germany. In addition, DFS is represented at the EUROCONTROL Control Centre in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Additional areas of activity include consulting, provided by the Aeronautical Solutions division, and aeronautical data, grouped in the Aeronautical Information Management division.