The Vereinigung Cockpit trade union is losing ground in Germany with the majority of the public no longer in support of their actions. Lufthansa spent years trying to make them understand that it will simply not be viable as a business if the present retirement and pension agreements are extended to new employees but Vereinigung Cockpit will not back down.
Current retirement age for a Lufthansa pilot is 55 and they retire on an index linked 85% final salary pension for life. Lufthansa is proposing retirement at 60 and a move to a contributory pension for NEW staff.
This is the heart of the dispute.