Monday, 07 September 2015

VC calls for strike measures at Lufthansa

This morning Vereinigung Cockpit (VC, German ALPA) has called for strike measures on Tuesday, 8th of September 2015 from 08.00lt until 23.59 lt. It will affect all departures with Lufthansa from Germany with Airbus A380, A330 / 340 and Boeing B747. Furthermore, all departures of Lufthansa Cargo from Germany will be affected.

At the end of July, VC made an offer for an alliance for employment and growth. This offer included vast concessions on a variety of issues, worth over 500 mill. €. However, Lufthansa rejected this offer at the beginning of September. During the past weekend Lufthansa submitted a proposal. Lufthansa-management suggested to discuss this proposal at the beginning of this week. At first glance, this proposal sounded promising. A closer analysis by VC’s company council showed, that its contents had been insubstantial again.

Lufthansa’s approach is all the more inapprehensible, as the suggested concessions made by VC come at a time of a record quarterly result of more than 1.75 billion €, one of the best in Lufthansa’s history.

VC is feeling the need to tackle each industrial issue separately and with more emphasis. Therefore, last week VC still declared negotiations for a new collective labour agreement regulating the transitional pension scheme to have failed; this strike measure as well as any further industrial action is based on this subject.