Saturday, August 13, 2016

Lufthansa and pilots’ union: Talks canceled – FAZ – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Frankfurt / Main (dpa) – After long negotiations in the wage dispute between Lufthansa and the pilots’ union Vereinigung cockpit (VC) talks have been broken off. This was confirmed by a Lufthansa spokesman of German press agency in the night.

In an internal letter of VC-Tariff Commission, which was present to the dpa, it was said that there would be no further talks. From strikes initially there was no question.

Both sides had “recently approached in many ways, but then again away from each other in some questions,” said the Lufthansa spokesman. “Lufthansa is still convinced that an agreement is possible, and will make every effort to resume talks with the Vereinigung Cockpit again.”

Also in the VC-writing was noted that it “first a hopeful rapprochement between us and the Lufthansa management gave “. but now should be noted, “that we are in further talks can recognize no sense. (…) Whether the Lufthansa Group will be successful when each region pursuing only its own interests, and these are not centrally consolidated, is more than questionable. “

For several weeks cockpit and Lufthansa had behind closed doors negotiated. It addressed such issues as the transitional pension of 5,400 pilots at Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo and German Wings in the Group collective agreement, salaries and job security in times of cheap products.

One of the main points of contention was the transition supply of aircraft handlebar. Lufthansa wanted to achieve that pilots go later than currently in early retirement. To date, 60 percent of the basic salary in the individual case already with 55 years, early retirement was possible if all new entrants early retirees have a combined average age of 58 years.

Lufthansa had canceled the rules to the end of 2013 unilaterally. The conflict escalated thereafter. The wage agreement is open since the spring of 2012.

Lufthansa pilots had 13 times temporarily stopped work in the conflict until the last late summer. A ruling by the Landesarbeitsgericht Hessen of being last pilot strike had been canceled at Lufthansa on 9 September.

The court ruled that the union had with their strike is also pursuing goals that do not reach when negotiating collective agreements could become. It was about criticism of the cost concept at Lufthansa subsidiary Euro Wings.

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