Pilots strike Lufthansa subsidiary Eurowings on Thursday


The union Cockpit said the workload had increased significantly.

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Berlin The pilots’ union VC has announced a 24-hour strike at the Lufthansa subsidiary Eurowings for Thursday. The labor dispute at the low-cost airline lasted from 00:00 to 23:59, the Cockpit Association (VC) announced on Tuesday. The negotiations on the general collective agreement at Eurowings have failed.

Ten rounds of talks would not have led to any significant rapprochement. The central requirement of the VC is the relief of the employees, for example by reducing the maximum flight duty times and increasing the rest periods. There have been no adjustments since 2015.

The workload has increased significantly, the union said. “The employer regularly exhausts the working time of the colleagues up to the maximum permitted, this cannot be a permanent situation.” One regrets the restrictions for the passengers. However, due to the lack of accommodation on the part of the management, the only option left at the moment is to enforce the demands with a labor dispute.

“We are open to talks about how we can achieve reasonable working hours for Eurowings employees in the long term,” said Marcel Gröls, Chairman of the Cockpit Association. So far, however, it has not been possible to agree on a common path with the employer. “It’s not enough to sit at the negotiating table – you also have to be willing to find a solution and not present counter-demands as an offer.”

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