According to Reuters, a salary agreement has been reached between German airline Lufthansa and pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC), preventing a second strike that had been scheduled for later this week.
The accord follows a strike at Lufthansa last week that resulted in the cancellation of hundreds of flights, adding to the instability that has plagued travel this summer.
The VC Pilots’ Union claimed that it had reached an agreement on the fundamentals of a comprehensive package of financial and structural issues that will be developed in the coming days. No other information was provided, but it was enough to prevent a strike from starting on Wednesday, according to the statement.
“We are pleased that a result was reached at the negotiating table and that further disruption for customers, employees and companies could be avoided,” said Marcel Groels, responsible for the union’s collective bargaining policy. “Today important first steps have been taken towards a long-term cooperation,” he said.
According to the organisation, which represents more than 5,000 pilots, pilots of passenger planes were scheduled to strike on Wednesday and Thursday, and pilots of cargo planes were scheduled to strike from Wednesday through Friday.
As a result of the deal, flights can go as scheduled over the next three days, according to Lufthansa, which had earlier stated it would make a better offer on Tuesday.
“We are pleased we were able to reach a solution in constructive talks with the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union,” the national carrier said in a statement, giving no details of the deal.
In reaction to inflation, VC had requested a pay raise of 8.2 percent in 2023 as well as a retroactive pay increase of 5.5 percent from July 1.
The VC had charged Lufthansa with failing to improve on their initial proposal, forcing the pilots to walk out in order to pursue their demands. A one-time raise of 900 euros (USD 900), or 5% more for senior pilots and 18% more for those just entering the field, was reportedly provided by the firm, according to Lufthansa.