Lufthansa seeks talks to forestall Cockpit pilots’ strike

Germany’s flagship airline Lufthansa is cancelling hundreds of flights from Monday to Thursday due to a planned Cockpit pilots' strike.

However, Lufthansa has said that it was ready to resume talks with the pilots’ union Cockpit in order to prevent the planned strike, which will disrupt traveling plans of the thousands of passengers. 

Cockpit pilots have planned a four-day strike starting February 22 to press for a pay rise, more say in the company affairs and commitment that the airline will not make use of planes and crews from newly acquired subsidiaries as it could put their jobs at risk.

The German government has urged Lufthansa and Cockpit pilots to avert the planned strike by settling their differences as the possible strike would chaos at airports. 

Commenting on the issue, German Transportation Minister Peter Ramsauer said, “A sensible compromise is needed to avoid damage to the German economy.”

Lufthansa said the planned strike would cost it around 100 million euros in cash.