Lufthansa to sue union as strike continues

Airline accuses union of an unwillingness to negotiate
As the latest strike at Lufthansa continues into today, the airline says it will take legal action against its pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit, accusing the union of an unwillingness to negotiate.
The union is protesting against issues such as plans to cut payments for pilots who take early retirement. Around 1,000 out of 3,000 flights have been cancelled today.
“For the past two years, right up until yesterday, Lufthansa has been approaching the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) Group […] with constructive proposals, offers and concessions,” the airline said.
“In doing so, the company has made concrete proposals on every open collective labour agreement issue, with a view to working together with the VC to jointly ensure the future viability and competitiveness of the company as a whole and of Lufthansa German Airlines in particular.”
It continued: “The response from the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union to the numerous proposals and offers of talks submitted by Lufthansa has been further strike action.”
The airline says it is now “impossible to engage in constructive negotiations” with the union. It will submit a claim for damages relating to an earlier strike in April 2014, which Lufthansa says cost it around €60 million.
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