Deutsche Lufthansa has made the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union a new offer to resolve the present industrial dispute. The move follows days of strike action in recent weeks with hundreds of thousands of passengers hit by disruption. The airline is now offering a two-step 4.4 per cent increase in remuneration plus a one-off payment.
With the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union having resolved on Sunday evening to call for two further days of strike action, Lufthansa has put special flight schedules into effect for Tuesday and Wednesday. This further strike action will affect all short-haul services from Germany on Tuesday and short-, medium- and long-haul services from Germany on Wednesday.
As the pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit has announced a continuation of their strike for Saturday, Lufthansa has put a special flight schedule into effect. On LH.com, passengers can verify whether their flight will be operating as scheduled. The strikes will affect all long-haul flights operated by Lufthansa.
Lufthansa pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit has announced an additional strike today. In a move branded “incomprehensible” by the airline, the latest strike was revealed as pilots walked out yesterday, causing the cancellation of nearly 1,000 flights. “Once more, they are inflicting extensive damage on our company and especially on our customers,” said Lufthansa in a statement.
Lufthansa has put an emergency timetable in place for today as pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit calls its members out on strike. The industrial action started at 00:01 this morning and will last for 24 hours. The strike is set to affect Lufthansa’s long- and short-haul flights departing from Germany.
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British prime minister David Cameron has joined the chorus of criticism over industrial action that is expected to bring the UK to a standstill on Thursday. He told the Commons there was no case for strikes, as government plans were “fair to taxpayers” and the public sector.
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