at German regional carrier Lufthansa CityLine are to vote on whether to call
off their strike threat after intensive talks led to members of the Vereinigung
Cockpit (VC) union agreeing a new pay deal with the airline’s management.
pilots had already voted in favour of industrial action after talks collapsed
on 15 February, although no date had been set for a strike. Talks resumed on 20
VC spokesman says that the new three-year pay deal, which will be implemented
retroactively from 1 July last year, was reached after a 65h marathon session
of “long and difficult” negotiations.
threat of a pilots’ strike has been averted,” claims a CityLine spokesman.
“This pay settlement is economically viable for the airline. It takes the
economic developments in the aviation industry into consideration. It will
result in specific improvements in the pay scales for the company’s pilots.”
members, however, have yet to accept the pay deal formally; this will be
decided in a ballot by pilots which begins this week. Under union regulations
at least 50% agreement is required for the deal to go through.
are always the last means in a wage-negotiation conflict,” says the VC
negotiator Michael Mages. “We are optimistic that – subject to the agreement of
the union members – that such a strike has now been avoided.”
CityLine is a subsidiary of the German flag-carrier and employs 663 pilots
among a staff of more than 2,100.