Lufthansa pilots reject pay offer and could go on strike at any time

The Lufthansa logo is seen as passengers wait at Munich airport during a warning strike organized by Lufthansa ground staff over a demand for 9.5% pay by the German Public Sector Workers Union Verdi in Munich, Germany July 27, 2022. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

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FRANKFURT, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) pilots have rejected a wage offer from the German flagship carrier and could go on strike at any time, the VC union said on Thursday, as the pay dispute continues.

They had voted for industrial action last month, threatening further disruption during the busy summer travel season. Read more

VC said Lufthansa’s most recent offer had been a step in the right direction but fell short of union demands, which include a 5.5% pay rise this year for its pilots and automatic compensation of inflation thereafter.

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“Legal and organizational preparations for the strike have begun. Nevertheless, it is clear that (VC) remains reachable,” the union said.

Lufthansa said it took note of the union’s response after it submitted an offer to Lufthansa pilots and Lufthansa Cargo on Thursday morning.

“At the same time, we want to discuss the flexible form of this offer with the VC and have therefore offered alternative dates for the union to hold talks. We are available to continue talks at any time,” the company said. Aerial.

Strikes and staff shortages have already forced airlines, including Lufthansa, to cancel thousands of flights this summer and caused hour-long queues at major airports, frustrating holidaymakers keen to travel after lockdowns. COVID-19. Read more

Earlier this month, Lufthansa management reached a pay deal with ground staff, averting further walkouts after a strike forced it to cancel more than 1,000 flights.

He also faces possible walkouts from Eurowings pilots, whose ballot for industrial action ends on August 31. read more

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Reporting by Ilona Wissenbach; written by Maria Sheahan and Christoph Steitz; edited by Susan Fenton, Kirsten Donovan, Elaine Hardcastle

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