Lufthansa in talks with pilots to avoid further strikes this summer

Lufthansa in talks with pilots to avoid further strikes this summer
Credit: Belga

The German airline Lufthansa will negotiate with the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots' union about higher salaries to prevent another strike from happening this summer, the company announced on Monday.

Both parties agreed that the talks will be confidential, and that further strike actions will be suspended as long as the negotiations are ongoing, reports Belga News Agency.

Previously, Lufthansa already reached an agreement with Vereinigung Cockpit on a wage increase of 5.5% this year, but the pilots also want automatic wage indexation from 2023 to compensate for the high inflation.

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Last week, the company also reached an agreement with one of its main trade unions, Verdi, about a pay increase for the 20,000 members of the ground staff. The agreement, however, only came after an all-day strike at the end of July that forced about 1,000 flights to be cancelled.

This summer, Lufthansa already cancelled some 6,000 flights due to a shortage of personnel, both in-house and at the service providers at the airports.


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