Lufthansa Pilots Union Pushes for Second Week of Strikes

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A Lufthansa Airlines flight information display reading 'gestrichen' ('canceled') at the Leipzig-Halle airport in Schkeuditz, Germany, on Saturday told the story of how the continuing pilot strike is disrupting operations for the country’s largest airline. PHOTO: ZUMA PRESS

Reprinted from The Wall Street Journal by Robert Wall on November 27, 2016.

Lufthansa last week had to cancel thousands of flights after pilots grounded much of the German flag carrier’s operations over four days of strikes in a protracted dispute over employment terms. The labor unrest so far is estimated to have cost Lufthansa more than $20 million.

Lufthansa’s main pilots union, Vereinigung Cockpit, late Sunday said it had called on pilots operating short-haul flights not report to work on Tuesday. The union has also appealed to pilots flying the more lucrative long-haul services to join the walkout the following day. …

Jörg Handwerg, a labor representative, said the renewed strike was being called after talks with the carrier to bridge the differences over pay increases and other issues failed. …

WSJ 11/27

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