The four-day strike by Lufthansa pilots is gone for now end at midnight. The largest German airline strives for a normalization of flight operations over Sunday. On Saturday, the airline had to cancel 74 of the planned 160 long-haul routes, such as a company spokesman in Frankfurt reported. More than 20,000 passengers were affected.
possible further strikes by pilots there was no information, neither Lufthansa nor in the pilots’ union Cockpit. The tariff expert of the union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC), Ilona Ritter, had announced to announce possible further strikes as far with a lead time of 24 hours. However, no solution to the stalled labor dispute with the cockpit personnel is also emerging after four days of strike.
union threatens strike at Easter
As early as next week, the breather may be past: “In case there is no progress. We want to maintain the pressure, “said a spokesman VC on Saturday. The labor dispute could well be continued during the Easter holidays: “With kid gloves not the way forward.”
In the context of the labor dispute Aktionaersschuetzer demand the withdrawal of representatives of the pilots’ union Cockpit from the Lufthansa Supervisory Board. “The measure of shareholders is full,” the newspaper said the chief executive of the German association for ownership of securities, Marc Tüngler, “Bild am Sonntag”. The cockpit claims were “no longer employable”, neither the owners nor among customers and “in the population long gone.”
The union had “completely shot to the sidelines,” Tüngler told the paper. The cockpit representatives would have to decide: “They can not sit on one side of the Supervisory Board and be so committed to the company’s interests and on the other hand, massive act against Lufthansa and cripple the operation.” As a consequence, he called for a withdrawal from the Supervisory Board – “and that immediately. “
dispute over early retirement
The biggest point of contention in the labor dispute, the early retirement rules for the approximately 5,400 pilots who are paid by the Group collective agreement. The union sees their demands are not met, and demands that future pilots benefit from enterprise-funded early retirement.
The next labor dispute at Lufthansa is with the union Verdi, which negotiates on Monday on the incomes of around 33,000 Lufthansa employees on the ground. Verdi will explicitly not talking about occupational pensions, which aims to reform their high cost for the Group. This point is controversial even among pilots and flight attendants.
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