Lufthansa Cancels 800 Flights From Frankfurt & Munich Amid Pilot Strike

by Sushmita Mahanta
Lufthansa Cancels 800 Flights From Frankfurt & Munich Amid Pilot Strike

Deutsche Lufthansa AG will cancel 800 flight operations in Frankfurt and Munich on Friday, likely affecting 130,000 passengers and even cargo services, after the pilots’ union announced a one-day strike. On Wednesday, the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) union said that the pay talks had failed, owing to which Lufthansa pilots would stage a 24-hour strike starting just after midnight on Thursday. Read on to know more details about Lufthansa canceling flights from Frankfurt & Munich amid the Pilot strike.

The VC Pilot Union Demanded That Lufthansa Presents A “Significantly Improved Offer”

According to the pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC), it is demanding a 5.5% pay rise in 2022 for its more than 5,000 pilots. They are also demanding a pay rise for automatic inflation adjustments for 2023, but their demands haven’t been met and discussions have ended up in failure.
“We have not received a sufficient offer today either. This is sobering and a missed opportunity,” revealed spokesperson Matthias Baier. As per a Reuter report, Pilots at Lufthansa’s subsidiary Eurowings voted in favor of the strike earlier on Wednesday. Some 97.7% of the pilots voted in favor of the action, said VC. However, according to the pilots’ union V, they will continue wage negotiations with their employer and negotiations will resume next week.

The Airline published The Details of The Offer For The Union

Lufthansa finds the strike unseasonable as they feel the offer they had for the union was a good one. To prove the same, the carrier on Friday, published details of the offer that it had offered but was rejected by the trade union. The offer was an 18-month two-stage increase of €900 (around $920) per month for all pilots which equated to an 18% monthly raise for a base-level pilot and a 5% monthly raise for an experienced captain.
“We have no understanding for the VC’s call to strike whatsoever. The employer side made a very good and socially balanced offer — despite the continuing burdens of the coronavirus crisis and the uncertain prospects for the global economy.
This escalation comes at a cost for thousands of customers,” said Michael Niggemann, board member for human resources.

Also read: British Airways To Cancel 10,000 Flights From Heathrow Airport As Winter Draws Near


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