Germanwings pilots walk off work again

Seventh walkout at Lufthansa organised by union this year

 

 

Pilots at Germanwings, Lufthansa’s low-cost unit, are going on strike today in a continuing dispute over the airline group’s early retirement scheme. It is the seventh walkout at Lufthansa organised by the Vereinigung Cockpit union this year.

The strike will last 12 hours, from 12:00 until 23:59 local time, hitting flights throughout Germany.

Passengers should be prepared for further strikes ahead, the union said, as “unfortunately, Lufthansa has not taken on VC’s proposals for compromise and is continuing to stonewall.”

The union wants the airline to keep a scheme that allows pilots to retire at the age of 55 and still get up to 60% of their pay before pension payments start. The airline says that is no longer feasible.

“The escalation shows that it’s not about a constructive solution for VC but rather about causing the most possible damage,” a Germanwings spokesman said.

Reuters

[photo courtesy Germanwings]

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