Union calls on Lufthansa pilots to stage strike

Union calls on Lufthansa pilots to stage strike

A union representing Lufthansa pilots has called on its members to go on strike Monday in a dispute over retirement benefits.

The Vereinigung Cockpit union said Sunday that the strike will begin on short- and medium-haul services at noon local time (1100 GMT) Monday, and be extended to long-haul and cargo flights from 0300 (0200 GMT) Tuesday. The walk-out is due to end Wednesday.
UPDATE Dec. 3: Pilots at Deutsche Lufthansa AG said they would strike again on Thursday on long-haul and cargo flights, after a two-day stoppage on Monday and Tuesday stranded thousands of travellers.

The union said in a statement that short and medium-haul flights and those of budget carrier Germanwings would not be affected by the action on Thursday.

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