EasyJet agrees employment terms to save 1,000 Air Berlin jobs

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EasyJet has settled on terms for former Air Berlin employees with a German aviation union.

The budget airline confirmed it would take on certain assets of Air Berlin last week. It has now signed an agreement with pilot and cabin crew trade union ver.di to offer employment terms to ex Air Berlin crew, which its said would make working for EasyJet "very attractive".

EasyJet has embarked on a recruitment drive to hire 1,000 pilots and cabin crew in Berlin, who will then be trained in the company's safety and operating procedures. The airline will also set up a new base in Berlin's Tegel Airport.

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“We are pleased to continue the strong partnership we have with ver.di which underlines the ability to reach such an agreement," said Stuart MacDonald, EasyJet's group head of industrial relations.

“As with all our existing crew, everyone who joins us will be employed on local, German contracts under collective labour agreements negotiated with ver.di. We very much look forward to welcoming ex Air Berlin crew to easyJet, their experience is sure to add significant value to our airline.”

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