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Lufthansa pilots show their power in Germany

Issue No. 2190

A strike by German Lufthansa airline pilots stopped more than 800 flights on Monday.

Management agreed to talks after just one day of the action.

Workers postponed a further three days of action in response.

The strike involved up to 4,500 members of the Vereinigung Cockpit union working for Lufthansa, Germany’s largest airline.

They want all Lufthansa pilots—including those working for subsidiary firms such as British Midland—to have the same pay and conditions.

The pilots say the airline is planning to get around existing agreements and cut costs by shifting flights to subsidiary companies it owns, but has registered abroad.

Some 94 percent of Lufthansa pilots voted in the ballot for action.

The action has become the biggest pilots’ strike in German history.

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Tue 23 Feb 2010, 19:25 GMT
Issue No. 2190
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