Pilots strike at Lufthansa subsidiary

August 7, 2008

, BERLIN, August 7 – Flights from several German airports were disrupted on Thursday by a strike by pilots with Lufthansa subsidiary Cityline, the union Cockpit announced.

The 36-hour strike started at midnight (2200 GMT Wednesday) at all airports served by Cityline: Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Berlin-Tegel in the west, Munich in the south and Hamburg in the north.

Cockpit said 99 percent of its members had voted for the strike after pay talks with management of both Cityline and Eurowings — another Lufthansa subsidiary — broke down.

Pilots at the two companies earn on average 25 percent less than their Lufthansa colleagues and the union did not consider a management offer of six percent high enough for credible negotiations.

Only last Friday Lufthansa reached a pay deal with its ground and cabin staff through the services union Verdi after a strike lasting several days forced the cancellation of more than 400 flights during the summer peak season.

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