Lufthansa Pilots Threaten Strike
German flag carrier Lufthansa is one step closer to its fourth strike this year after the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots union said its members could walk off the job at any time.
On Monday, Lufthansa said it was seeking to reengage with the pilots to avert the strike. “Lufthansa is ready to continue negotiations at any time. We want to find common solutions with the union,” said Bettina Volkens, the airline’s board member responsible for human resources, at a news conference.
Lufthansa’s pilots are concerned about proposed changes in retirement benefits which including raising the early retirement age. The airline wants to adjust it because pilots can now fly until they reach the age of 65.
Other unions have staged protests about Lufthansa’s cost cutting measures that are part of a program called Score, which it says will slash operating costs by €1.5 billion ($1.98 billion) by 2015.
Pilots last went on strike in April, when 3,800 flights were cancelled, costing the airline over €60 million.
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