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Pilot strike at Lufthansa still possible this summer

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FRANKFURT – At Lufthansa, a pilot strike is still possible in the summer. The board of the “Vereinigung Cockpit” union has decided to hold a ballot for a labor dispute, a spokesperson in Frankfurt confirmed on Thursday.

However, the union did not give exact dates for the vote or deadlines. That remains to be decided.

With the approval of 70% of the union’s voting members, indefinite strikes would be possible if ongoing negotiations were declared to have failed beforehand.

Insiders say the union could be ready to go on strike as early as mid-August, which would still be during the holiday season. In previous years, September was also a particularly busy month, so a strike at that time would hit the company hard.

Lufthansa and VC had declared on Wednesday their willingness to continue negotiations. The reason for the VC’s strike preparations is the deadlock after six rounds of talks over a new pay deal, an internal circular shows. 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 previous collective agreement 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 planes, which can only be flown by the approximately 5,000 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 a new flight operation (AOC) 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 | Fig. : Lufthansa (symbolic image) | 21/07/2022 10:23


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