Pilots’ union calls Lufthansa strike

Wednesday walkout to last for 24 hours from midnight
Pilots at Lufthansa will go on strike on Wednesday, their union has announced, demanding a major pay rise over five years. It will be the 14th strike in the long-running conflict.
The walkout will last for 24 hours from midnight, Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) says, pledging it will hit all of Lufthansa’s short- and long-haul flights scheduled to take off from Germany.
The strike will increase pressure on Lufthansa’s management, which offered to raise pilots’ wages by 2.5% by 2018. That contrasts with what Lufthansa’s 5,400 pilots want – a 22% pay rise over five years.
Pilots say a big wage increase is justified, “given the billions upon billions of euros the airline has pocketed in profits in recent years”.
Meanwhile, cabin crew at Lufthansa’s low-cost carrier Eurowings are on a 24-hour strike on Tuesday, affecting flights from Düsseldorf and Hamburg airports.
DW / dpa / Reuters

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