Sunday, December 18, 2016

Pilots in pay dispute: collective disputes: strikes at Lufthansa or … – Frankfurter Neue Presse


Lufthansa is moving forward in a collective conflict to the payment of their pilots, but has to contend with its low-cost subsidiary Euro wings is a major setback. It had been agreed, an Arbitrator of the remuneration collective bargaining agreement to call, said Lufthansa and the pilot Union Association (VC) on Friday. The Person has no disclosures were made. The arbitration is expected to be completed by the end of January. Until then, passengers from the re-strikes are likely to remain at the Lufthansa spared.

“Only at the negotiating table, we can find solutions that provide for employee and company perspectives,” said Lufthansa personnel chief Bettina Volkens.

In the case of Eurowings, in contrast, could enter the cabin staff may be again in the recusal. Talks between Lufthansa and the unions, Verdi and the Independent flight attendants organization (Ufo) had failed in the night to Friday.

the strike by The Lufthansa pilots had at the end of November for six days. Around 4450 flights with 525 000 pass remained to operate on the ground. The previous collective contract expired in 2012. The direct profit losses for the group add up to 100 million euros, the damage from the posting default are not included in the calculation. Lufthansa had offered the pilots most recently, 4.4 percent more salary and a one-off payment of 1.8 monthly salaries to mid-2018. This is the group not followed up on other unresolved issues such as the transition supply of pilots. VC has requested until April 2017 Salary increases of 22 percent, including payments for four years.

the group chief Executive Carsten Spohr had recently shown determined not to give in. “Better to be a couple of days without Lufthansa, as the at some point without Lufthansa,” he said. Germany’s largest Airline would only be fit for the future and the tough competition made, if you change your structures. Most recently, Lufthansa has been resolved with the former Minister President of Brandenburg, Matthias Platzeck, as an Arbitrator successfully the conflict with the cabin staff.

For the remuneration of the collective agreement apply now “peace obligation”, declared both parties. Due to the content of the questions are excluded strikes until the end of January. Work stoppages due to other issues, although theoretically possible, but unlikely. This would affect the talks difficult.

Meanwhile, there is a danger of the Lufthansa low-cost subsidiary eurowings, the tariff escalation of the conflict with the cabin staff. Talks between the company and the competing unions, Verdi and the Ufo failed. They wanted to connect with, Lufthansa is actually an agreement that the flight uniform tariff attendants at eurowings contracts.

Verdi had recently reached with Euro wings a degree, the Ufo as a “massive provocation” had criticized. It had, however, been at a common solution, said a negotiator Sylvia De La Cruz. This had now failed. Tariff Board Nicoley Baublies said, there is nothing else remaining than to pursue the “normal” trade Union means the objectives of the Euro wings staff and “with the better contract, the majority of the cabin staff at the Euro to convince wings”. Concrete plans for strikes or other actions by Ufo is not called. The Union had a strike at the end of October the Euro wings.

Verdi, said that the Ufo was no proposal in the open. A common result was not possible, said Federal Board member Christine Behle. Eurowings stressed that it had offered the collective bargaining agreement with Verdi, one-to-one Ufo. “Our goal is the bargaining unit for the flight attendants at eurowings Germany,” said a spokesman.



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