Chance of Pilot Strike at Lufthansa This Summer

There is a chance that the German airline Lufthansa pilots will go on strike this summer. The Vereinigung Cockpit union has organized a members’ consultation about this, although no date has yet been set.

 

According to insiders, the pilots affiliated with Vereinigung Cockpit can stop working from mid-August.

Despite calling the members’ meeting, the union and Lufthansa have indicated that they are prepared to negotiate this week. But after six rounds of talks, negotiations on a new wage agreement have stalled, the union reports in an internal message.

According to Vereinigung Cockpit, Lufthansa has not made a negotiable wage offer. The union wants 5 percent more wages this year and an automatic inflation correction next year.

The company’s strategy also plays a role in the background. In the past, Vereinigung Cockpit and Lufthansa agreed that 352 aircraft were guaranteed to fly for the German airline, which may only be flown by the approximately 5000 captains and first officers covered by the collective labor agreement.

However, Lufthansa announced plans for a new airline that will pay pilots less this year.

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