السبت , يونيو 6 2020

New Lufthansa strike this week

Lufthansa planes

Pilots at Lufthansa, Europe’s biggest airline, will go on strike on Monday and Tuesday as their dispute over retirement benefits continues.

The walkout, the ninth since April, will affect short- and medium-haul flights across Germany from 12.00 (11:00 GMT) until 23.00.

The VC union also said Lufthansa’s long-haul and cargo services would affected on Tuesday.

Lufthansa asked for new talks and called the strike disproportionate.

The airline wants to phase out its early retirement scheme, something the pilots are strongly opposed to.

They are currently able to retire at the age of 55 and receive up to 60% of their pay until the standard retirement age of 65.

Lufthansa said it had made concessions in recent talks, including giving the pilots a 5% pay rise.

The strikes this year have knocked $160m (£102m) off the airlines’ operating profits.

The union said “despite all efforts for compromise proposals” by Lufthansa pilots during several rounds of negotiations since October, it had been unable to come to a satisfactory agreement with the company’s management.

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