Lufthansa Pilots Plan New Round of Strikes Starting Monday
Lufthansa pilots announced plans to go on strike Monday and Tuesday following a breakdown in talks between the airline and its pilots union last week.
The move will ground Lufthansa passenger flights on Monday, December 1, from noon local time until Tuesday, December 2 at 11:59 p.m. The strike will impact all short- and medium-haul flights out of Germany for that period as well as all long-haul flights and cargo flights on December 2 from 3:00 a.m. local time through 11:59 p.m.
The job action is in response to proposed changes in retirement benefits, which include raising the early retirement age. Lufthansa wants to adjust the age because pilots can now fly until they reach 65. The union and the airline have been at odds on these issues for over two years.
Pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit said “With these strike measures the pilots are continuing to fight decisively against cuts in retirement benefits,” in a statement on its website.
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