FRANKFURT – In the height of the travel season, the risk of strikes increases at Lufthansa. The Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) union wants to launch a ballot among the approximately 5,000 pilots of parent company Lufthansa and freight subsidiary Lufthansa Cargo, according to an internal document available to the dpa. If approved, indefinite strikes would be possible.
A Lufthansa spokesperson said a solution was still sought at the negotiating table. They stick to the agreed trading plan. “We want to work together to develop sustainable solutions that take into account both rising inflation and the economic performance of the company.” The VC also stressed his willingness to keep talking.
The reason for the VC’s strike preparations is the deadlock after six rounds of negotiations over a new pay deal. According to the letter, Lufthansa has not yet submitted a negotiable offer. According to its own statements, the VC demands, among other things, salary increases of 5% for the current year and an automated inflation adjustment from the coming year. She had terminated the current contract on June 30.
In the background, there is also a conflict over the future strategy of the company. In the past, VC had guaranteed the exact number of 325 aircraft, which can only be flown by captains and co-pilots subject to the collective bargaining agreement. Under the impression of the Corona crisis, Lufthansa had terminated the corresponding agreement and started to set up new flight operations with lower fare conditions under the crane logo. The new airline is to take over the core tasks of the former mainline in European traffic.
© dpa-AFX | 20/07/2022 22:19