Lufthansa and the ver.di public service workers union reached agreement yesterday on a new contract that will secure the jobs of 12,000 ground staff employed by Deutsche Lufthansa AG and seven other group companies. In return for layoff protection through March 31, 2009, the union accepted changes to the pay structure. Although no current employee will see his or her pay reduced, "the future salary progression may change in some cases," LH said. "After long and intensive negotiations with ...

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