Lufthansa Pilots Threaten Strike

By Paul Riegler on 26 April 2013
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DSC_1518The union representing Lufthansa’s pilots, Vereinigung Cockpit, has told airline management it needs to make an improved offer in the ongoing contract negotiations or face strikes.

The union and Lufthansa have held several rounds of talks but have failed to reach an agreement on wages and working conditions.

Vereinigung Cockpit is asking for an increase of 4.6% in pay covering the period from May 2013 to April 2014 as well as a 5.2% increase for the past year.  The union also wants new regulations on overtime work.  Lufthansa’s latest offer was a 1.2% increase for the coming year and an additional 0.5% increase for the following year.

“At the end of the day, we have called on the employer’s representatives to make an acceptable offer that is based on our demands by May 13,” Vereinigung Cockpit management told its members in a statement.

Lufthansa has faced numerous strikes in the past year and cost the airline an estimated €33 million.  The union representing Lufthansa’s ground staff authorized a work stappage last Monday that resulted in the cancellation of thousands of flights. The union promised to hold more strikes if the negotiations next week don’t prove fruitful.

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