Pilots’ Union Calls for Two-Day Strike at Lufthansa’s Germanwings Unit

By Paul Riegler on 10 February 2015
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DSC_0656Travelers in Germany are facing what will be the second strike in that country this month as the union representing pilots at Lufthansa’s discount airline Germanwings threatened a two-day job action.

Vereinigung Cockpit said Tuesday that it is calling for a 48-hour strike starting midnight Thursday local time.  All Germanwings flights in Germany will be impacted.  The union said that the job action was due to a failure of talks this week with airline management over contract terms.

The dispute, which has been ongoing for the past two years, focuses on proposed changes in retirement benefits, which include raising the early retirement age.  The airline wants to adjust the age because pilots can now fly until they reach 65.  In addition, the union is resisting management plans to shift more operations to lower-cost units from within the company.

The Cologne-based airline has not yet announced plans on its response to the strike.

Germanwings is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa.  Its main hubs are at Cologne Bonn Airport, Stuttgart Airport, Hamburg Airport, Berlin Tegel Airport, and Düsseldorf Airport, with additional bases in Hannover and Dortmund.  In January 2013, Lufthansa moved its entire short-haul operations with the exception of its main hubs in Munich and Frankfurt to Germanwings.

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