Lufthansa pilots threaten more strikes

Talks over early retirement fail once again



Another wave of strikes will hit Lufthansa, the German pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit says, after talks on an early retirement scheme once again ended without resolution. The union has held four strikes so far this year over the issue.

The union wants Lufthansa to keep a scheme that allows pilots to retire at age 55 and still receive up to 60% of their pay before pension payments begin. But Lufthansa wants to stop the scheme, citing increasing life expectancy and a recent court ruling that pilots can work until age 65.

“We showed willingness to compromise and offered further talks on the disputed questions,” a Lufthansa spokesman said.

Meanwhile, travellers are suffering yet another day of disruption due to the Air France pilots’ strike, now coming to the end of its second week – despite an offer by Air France to withdraw its plans to expand low-cost unit Transavia.


[pictured: Take-off at Munich Airport; courtesy Lufthansa]