23-Mar-2010 11:06 AM

Lufthansa pilots call fresh round of strikes in mid Apr-2010

Lufthansa pilots represented by Vereinigung Cockpit Union stated they plan to conduct a four-day strike between 13-Apr-2010 and 16-Apr-2010, after failing to resolve a dispute over pay and job security that already resulted in strike action in Feb-2010 (Reuters/Financial Times/Associated Press, 22-Mar-2010). The Feb-2010 action resulted in approximately 2,000 flight cancellations and EUR50 million in losses. The union stated the next strike action was delayed to avoid disruption over the Easter holiday period and to give the carrier's management "time to realign its course". The strike action will also affect operations of Lufthansa Cargo and Germanwings. Lufthansa stated it hopes to resolve the dispute and avoid the strike action over the coming week. Lufthansa stated it has made an offer this week to the union that included a pay freeze in 2010 in exchange for job guarantees, with the union reportedly stating it would only accept a freeze in return for further concessions on job security. One of the pilots' main concerns is that the airline, which aims to reduce it cost base by EUR1 billion by 2011, is seeking to expand at its (cheaper) foreign units and reduce its Germany-based operations.

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