Lufthansa pilots to strike for 24 hours

17 Mar 2015 by GrahamSmith

Lufthansa pilots will go on strike protesting their early retirement scheme tomorrow.

The industrial action will last 24 hours and affect Lufthansa flights throughout Germany. Services with the airline's Eurowings and Germanwings subsidiaries will be unaffected.

The strike is the latest in a series of walkouts called by the Vereinigung Cockpit union, which is protesting plans to change the current scheme that sees pilots retire at 55 and retain some of their pay until they reach the state pension age (see news, September 29).

Lufthansa said it has made concessions in recent talks, including giving the pilots a 5 per cent pay rise.

The frequent strikes by Lufthansa — and Air France — pilots are the result of the long-established carriers clashing with unions as they try to cut costs to compete with budget airlines.

Earlier this month, Lufthansa said it lost €232 million last year due to ten such strikes.

Graham Smith

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