Lufthansa reaches out to unions

Unions invited to roundtable discussion
In an effort to improve relations with staff after recent strikes, Lufthansa has invited the three main unions representing its employees to a roundtable discussion on job prospects and retirement schemes.
Lufthansa needs to cut costs to better compete with low-cost carriers and Gulf-based airlines and it wants to expand, for example, its low-cost subsidiary Eurowings. It is also trying to change a rule that allows crews to retire at 55 as well as introduce new defined-contribution pension schemes.
It is asking unions representing pilots, cabin crew and ground staff to attend the meeting on December 2 to discuss the issues.
The union Verdi has welcomed the move, saying that such a meeting was long overdue.

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