Lufthansa Pilots Announced a New Strike

The pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) today announced a new strike in the German airline Lufthansa for Monday on flights of short and medium distance and by Tuesday also in long distance.

The decision was taken after the Friday night failed the last round of negotiations with the management of the largest German airline.

In a statement, pilots, claiming that the system of early retirement of the company is maintained, blamed the Lufthansa address unemployment and stresses the “efforts” made by the union to reach an agreement.

According to figures presented by the airline in late October, eight strikes by pilots since late March have cost the company 170 million euros.

The strike called today start tomorrow Monday at 11.00 GMT and runs until Tuesday at 22.59 GMT for flights of short and medium distance.

Unemployment in the long-haul flights start at 02.00 hours on Tuesday, when they are called to strike pilots Lufthansa Cargo, the freight subsidiary.

The low-cost subsidiary of Lufthansa, Germanwings, will not be affected by this strike.

In its statement, the pilots union accuses management of the airline had decided to delete “autocratically” in the collective agreement system of early retirement in the absence of agreement, which anticipates, in his opinion, “A radical change in the existing management culture. ”

The Vereinigung Cockpit regrets any inconvenience that its decision would cause passengers Company and urges the address to “abandon its blocking position to help resolve this labor dispute.”

His main claim is the maintenance of early retirement system that pays the company for the company’s 5,400 pilots.

So far the pilots could stop working after 55 years with 60% of his basic salary and the direction you want to place the retirement age at least 60 years.