June 10, 2023

  • Tom Boon-169

    IATA/ICAO Code:
    Airline Sort:
    Full Service Provider
    Frankfurt Airport, Munich Airport
    Yr Based:
    Star Alliance
    Airline Group:
    Lufthansa Group
    Carsten Spohr

German pilot commerce union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) introduced on Thursday that its members at Lufthansa had rejected a pay supply by the service, paving the way in which for potential strike motion at any time if an settlement shouldn’t be reached.

Final month, Lufthansa’s pilots voted overwhelmingly in favor of commercial motion, with 97.6% of VC members supporting a strike. Lufthansa had hoped its newest supply, put to the union on Thursday morning, would put an finish to the dispute.


Based on VC, though the most recent supply from Lufthansa was “a step in the precise course,” it was not sufficient to keep away from industrial motion.

What’s VC looking for for Lufthansa’s pilots?

VC is demanding a pay improve of 5.5% this 12 months for Lufthansa’s pilots, adopted by additional automated rises consistent with inflation thereafter.

The union additionally desires uniform pay buildings for all workers members on the Lufthansa Group’s airways. This contains Eurowings, whose personal pilots are within the midst of a strike poll, because of finish on August thirty first.

What occurs subsequent?

Lufthansa has said that following the rejection of its newest supply, it stays open to additional discussions. A spokesperson for the airline stated,

“We wish to focus on the versatile type of this supply with the VC and have due to this fact proposed additional dates to the union to carry talks. We can be found to proceed talks at any time.”

VC additionally confirmed its subsequent steps, stating,

“The authorized and organizational preparations for strike motion have been initiated.”

VC is asking for a 5.5% pay improve for its pilots this 12 months, adopted by will increase consistent with inflation thereafter. Picture: Lufthansa

Strike motion continues worldwide

The information comes simply weeks after the service’s floor workers went on strike, resulting in the cancelation of over 1,000 flights. The strike on the finish of July got here after Lufthansa rejected calls from the commerce union Verdi for a pay improve of 9.5%

The economic motion precipitated disruption for over 134,000 passengers, however by the beginning of August, Verdi and Lufthansa had reached an settlement, with two 2.5% pay will increase deliberate over the approaching 12 months.

Many airways have confronted threats of commercial motion this summer time, with rampant inflation being the primary catalyst behind requires improved pay circumstances. Final week, Iberia Categorical cabin crew warned of a doable ten-day strike, and pilots at Romania’s TAROM have warned of potential strike motion subsequent week.

Lufthansa has a wide-reaching route community, which means that any strike motion might have a  important impression. Picture: Vincenzo Tempo | Easy Flying

It stays to be seen whether or not Lufthansa will have the ability to avert strike motion by its pilots. With its route community spanning over 200 locations throughout 5 continents, strike motion by the airline’s pilots might result in disruption for lots of of 1000’s of passengers worldwide.

The impression of any strike can be significantly felt in Europe and North America, the place the airline has a major presence. From its hubs at Frankfurt Airport and Munich Airport, the airline flies to over 20 locations in North America alone.

What do you consider the potential strike motion by Lufthansa’s pilots? Have you ever been affected by strike motion to date this summer time? Share your ideas and experiences by commenting beneath.