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Lufthansa: strike to extend to Nov 29-30, injunction requested

Lufthansa has asked a court in Munich for a temporary injunction to try to stop further strikes planned by its pilots for Tuesday and Wednesday.

The pilots’ union, Vereinigung Cockpit, said the walkout would affect short-haul flights on Tuesday, and both short and long-haul flights on Wednesday.

It is the 15th strike since April. with 2,800 flights cancelled last week due to a four-day walkout by pilots.

Lufthansa spokeswoman Bettina Volkens said: “We have to talk.”

She added “I hope very much that [Vereinigung Cockpit] finally changes its uncompromising stance. This cannot be forced via strikes.”

Joerg Handwerg, board member at Vereinigung Cockpit, said: “Unfortunately, high-level talks held today at short notice failed to lead to an agreement on the wage contract.

“It is completely incomprehensible that (Lufthansa) has refused to put forward an offer that can at least form the basis of a negotiation.”

Jane Clemens