The cockpit association is calling on the pilots of Lufthansa and Lufthansa Cargo to go on strike Friday after a collective bargaining failed. Almost all flights to Frankfurt and Munich are cancelled.
“Negotiations have failed” – this is a summary of the Cockpit VC Association on negotiations with Lufthansa about collective pay agreements. “The employer took advantage of yesterday’s negotiating date, but did not use it to move towards union demands with a better proposal,” said a letter from the union, which represents the pilots.
Now the demands will be emphasized on the labor dispute. The Cockpit Association is calling on Lufthansa Cargo and Lufthansa pilots to go on strike between 00:01 and 23:59 on Friday (September 2). By extension, this means: All Lufthansa cargo flights taking off from German airports will be on strike. Cockpit staff must stop working on flights departing from Germany with Airbus A330, A340, A350, A319, A320, A321, Boeing 747-400 and 747-8.
Almost all flights to Frankfurt and Munich are canceled
Lufthansa says that due to the strike announced on Friday, almost all flights to and from Frankfurt and Munich had to be canceled. “Lufthansa is to cancel 800 flights to Frankfurt and Munich for Friday, and some flights will also be canceled this Thursday,” the company said. “It is expected that 130,000 passengers will be affected.”
In view of the coming weekend, the end of holidays in Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate and the Saarland, Lufthansa is working to normalize flight operations as soon as possible. “Nevertheless, the effect of the strike may result in individual flight cancellations or delays on Saturdays and Sundays.”
Balanced or Insufficient Proposition?
Marcel Groles, president of collective bargaining at the Cockpit Association, says: “To avert labor disputes, Lufthansa must present a significantly better proposal.” He demands: “Besides compensating for the loss in real wages, we now need a permanent solution to the remuneration structure across all professional groups.”
Lufthansa’s chief human resources officer Michael Nigemann responded that Lufthansa had no understanding of the strike call. “Employers made a very good and socially balanced offer – despite the lingering effects of the Corona crisis and uncertain prospects for the global economy,” says Niegemann.
Lufthansa defends its offer to cockpit crew
“Specifically, the group has submitted a proposal with a period of 18 months, in which Lufthansa and Lufthansa cargo pilots receive a total of 900 euros more in basic remuneration per month in two phases,” Nigemann explains. “A career starter as a co-pilot receives an additional basic remuneration of 18 per cent during the tenure, a captain 5 per cent in the final phase.”
Alternatively, they offered to redistribute all or part of this quantity, for example by structural changes such as adjustments to the remuneration table, the manager says. Higher demands from the Cockpit Association will increase the cost of cockpit personnel by more than 40 percent from EUR 2.2 billion, or about EUR 900 million, over the next two years.