Lufthansa pilots prepare for strike

Lufthansa pilots are preparing to strike after talks broke down over a pay dispute this week, according to the pilots’ union, Vereinigung Cockpit.

The union, which represents 9,600 members, said “legal and organizational preparations for the strike” began after Lufthansa sent in an “insufficient” wage offer on Thursday morning.

“Despite intensive discussions between our collective bargaining committee and the employer, no conclusions could be drawn on a promising continuation of negotiations,” said Vereinigung Cockpit spokesman Matthias Baier.

“In addition to compensating for the loss of real wages, what we need today is above all a lasting solution for the structure of remuneration in all professional groups”, he added.

At the end of July, the union announced that 97.6 percent of its members working for Lufthansa had voted for a strike.

The move is a blow to the German carrier, which recently settled a dispute with ground handlers after a strike forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights at its Munich and Frankfurt hubs last month. During a second-quarter earnings call earlier this month, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr expressed optimism about the “constructive dialogue” between the carrier and the pilots’ union.

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