June 1, 2018 / 1:34 PM / a year ago

Lufthansa to firm up details of staff shake-up by end-August: board member

FILE PHOTO: Flags with the German airline Lufthansa sign flutter next to the office building in Frankfurt, Germany March 15, 2018. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski/File Photo

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German airline Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) will firm up details of its planned staff shake-up by the end of August, management board member Bettina Volkens told German weekly WirtschaftsWoche.

“We are currently talking about that with labor representatives ... Details should be decided on at the end of August,” the magazine quoted her as saying in an interview published on Friday.

Lufthansa is seeking to take on staff with new skills to make itself fit for the digital age and is planning to make offers to 3,200 older administrative staff at its namesake brand to either undergo training, switch to another position internally or leave the company.

“We are ruling out compulsory redundancies, but not voluntary ones,” Volkens said.

At the same time, Lufthansa is looking to bring in 200 new workers.

“This is not primarily about IT skills but about a cultural shift. Analytical and social competencies, such as the ability to work in virtual, international teams or to deal with complexity and agility, are at the foreground for me,” she said.

Reporting by Maria Sheahan; editing by David Evans

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