Pi­lots union open to talks with Lufthansa

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

Ger­man pi­lots union VC said yes­ter­day it was open to fur­ther talks with Lufthansa to try to find a com­pro­mise over a long-run­ning pay dis­pute that caused a four-day strike last week, adding the air­line needed to present a new of­fer. “It will be­come clear in the course of the day how the dis­pute will con­tinue,” a spokesman for VC told Reuters.

Lufthansa said ear­lier that all flights would start on sched­ule on Mon­day, Nov. 28, as there had been no fur­ther strike call from VC so far. Lufthansa can­celled nearly 2,800 flights dur­ing a four-day strike from Wed­nes­day that af­fected more than 350,000 pas­sen­gers, the 14th walk­out in a dis­pute since early 2014 that has cost the car­rier hun­dreds of mil­lions of eu­ros.

Ger­many’s big­gest air­line ear­lier urged VC to re­sume talks. “We have to talk,” Bet­tina Volkens, Lufthansa’s board mem­ber in charge of hu­man re­sources, told Bild am Son­ntag. “I hope very much that (VC) fi­nally changes its un­com­pro­mis­ing stance.”

“This can­not be forced via strikes.” VC re­jected the lat­est pay of­fer from Lufthansa late on Fri­day but lifted the threat of ex­tend­ing its strike be­yond Satur­day.

It said on Satur­day more strikes were pos­si­ble, and would be an­nounced at least 24 hours in ad­vance. Lufthansa has of­fered to in­crease wages by 4.4 per­cent in two in­stal­ments, plus a one-off pay­ment worth 1.8 months’ pay. The union wants an av­er­age an­nual pay rise of 3.7 per­cent for 5,400 pi­lots over a five-year pe­riod back­dated to 2012. — Reuters

FRANK­FURT: Lufthansa air­craft are parked as Lufthansa pi­lots went on a strike in Frank­furt, Ger­many. — AP

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