Germany, strong | A Union Agreement Prevents a Pilot Strike at German Airlines Lufthansa

Following a last-minute settlement with Germany's largest airline in a salary dispute, the union representing Lufthansa pilots has canceled a two-day strike that had been scheduled.


To pressure the business to present a "serious" offer in negotiations over pay rises, the Vereinigung Cockpit union had previously announced plans for a walkout on Wednesday and Thursday. It would have been the second strike in a week after hundreds of flights were canceled on Friday as a result of a walkout by pilots.


Tuesday's hastily held negotiations resulted in "an extensive package of monetary and structural issues," according to the union, whose details will be worked out in the following days.


The strike was then called off by the union. Before the negotiations, Lufthansa warned that a strike would have "major ramifications" for its flight schedule and that it would need to decide by noon which flights to cancel in the upcoming days.


What the agreement involves wasn't immediately obvious. To combat inflation, Vereinigung Cockpit has requested that its members receive raises of 5.5% this year and 8.2% in 2023. The arrangement of pilots' pay and holidays has also been changed.

According to the airline, these changes would result in a 40%, or around 900 million euro, rise in staffing costs over the next two years. Instead, it was giving a one-time raise of 900 euros (dollars), which would have increased pay by 5% for senior pilots and 18% for those just entering the field.


In Germany, strong unions have always made sure that workers had favorable working conditions, utilizing strikes to advance their claims in labor disputes.


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