Air Berlin pilots to strike

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Air Berlin pilots are planning strikes after failing to reach a labour agreement with the management of the loss-making German carrier.

Passengers have to expect warning strikes from this week, says German pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit. Despite several months of salary negotiations, no agreement has yet been reached. The proposals that the airline has thus far brought forward were "insufficient and non-negotiable", says the union.

The pilots' stated aim is to lift their salary level to an "industry-typical" standard in the medium term, and the union adds that productivity levels at Air Berlin's German mainline division have automatically fallen in line with increased outsourcing of operations to partner carriers abroad. Staff at the mainline carrier should be made to suffer as a result of this management mistake, says the union.