Swiss pilot unions to merge under new labour deal

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Swiss International Air Lines is to combine its European and international pilot operations under a deal with unions Aeropers and IPG, which are to merge as part of the arrangement.

IPG's 180 members will join Aeropers' 1,000. Several IPG board members will be transferred to the bigger union's board, Aeropers confirms.

The unions have agreed to an "increase in productivity" in exchange for an extension to the working limit of pilots beyond the current age of 60.

Aeropers says the new Swiss pilot-training base in Geneva will become operational once the deal is ratifed by all parties.

Swiss says the "key issues" in the discussions was creating an integrated pilot corps before introduction of new Boeing 777s from 2016 and the Bombardier CS100 towards the end of 2014.

Between now and year-end, the agreement reached will be used to work out corresponding amendments to the collective labour agreements of the European and international pilot corps. These amendments are to be presented to the unions’ respective members for approval. Swiss expects this to happen early in 2014.

"The aim here is to have all collaborations under the new employment parameters from April 2014 onwards," says the airline.