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Lufthansa: strike continues

Lufthansa pilots are continuing their strike on Wednesday as all attempts by management to get them back to the negotiating table have failed so far.


A company spokesman said 890 flights would be canceled during the day, affecting a total of 98,000 passengers. The carrier added that flights by Lufthansa subsidiaries Eurowings and Germanwings would not be affected.


Even with the strike interrupted, the airline would have to cancel another 40 flights on Thursday, Lufthansa announced. “Lufthansa plans to operate almost all flights according to schedule on Thursday; only 40 flights will be canceled due to the strikes on the preceding days.”


Pilots have been fighting for an annual 3.7-percent pay rise over five years, backdated to 2012 – a demand deemed far too high by management. Board members said the company was losing around 15 million euros ($16 million) per strike day, with the total cost of the protracted work stoppage already standing at 75 million euros.


In a new delevopment on Wednesday, management made a new offer to its pilots. It said it was still willing to grant an increase in wages by 4.4 percent in two installmets as well as a one-off payment, adding that the latest offer was no longer linked to any other terms or conditions.


Pilots at Germany’s biggest airline, Lufthansa, are continuing their strike in a bid to secure a hefty pay hike. But their protracted industrial action is now meeting with resistance from within the company.

Other parts of Lufthansa’s workforce have grown increasingly critical of the pilots’ strike action and the behavior of the union representing them, Vereinigung Cockpit (VC).


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