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Lufthansa pilots to strike Wednesday

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

lufthansa crewA union representing Lufthansa pilots has called a one-day strike at the German airline's short-haul and middle-distance operations on Wednesday. German pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit announced the strike late Monday night, Germany's international broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported.

The Vereinigung Cockpit union has hit various Lufthansa units with around a dozen short-term walkouts over recent months. The dispute centers on the airline's plans to cut transition payments for pilots wanting to retire early, which the union wants to see maintained.

The strike will affect short and medium-haul flights, the union said.

According to the union, no progress has been made in negotiations since a two-day strike last week as Lufthansa's management remains undeterred in its efforts to offer less attractive working conditions for younger pilots.

The dispute concerns retirement benefits that Lufthansa wants to change for new pilots while increasing the age at which pilots can take early retirement.

Lufthansa pilots retire at age 55 and receive up to 60 percent of their pay until the normal pension at the age of 65.

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