Lufthansa Group, which owns the German flag carrier, has come to an agreement with flight-attendant union UFO request that their dispute be solved through mediation talks.
The trade union fist proposed arbitration earlier this month, as a method for solving the long-lasting labour dispute between the two groups.
Lufthansa’s chief officer of corporate human resources and legal affairs Michael Niggemann states: “We now make a large step toward UFO and are ready for mediation of non-wage issues.”
He adds, however, that the talks must “bindingly” facilitate an arbitration process to resolve the dispute, which spans 22,000 flight attendants across Lufthansa and several subsidiaries.
Lufthansa has repeatedly stated that it wants to resolve the conflict through a “comprehensive” arbitration process.
A meeting between the two parties and their designated arbitrators is planned for 16 January.