Lufthansa aims to minimize the effect of the pilots’ strike on Friday

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Lufthansa said on Thursday it would do all it could to minimize the effects of a pilots’ strike due to start on Friday and defended its offer in wage talks.

The union, Vereinigung Cockpit (VC), said on Wednesday night that wage negotiations had failed and the strike would affect both passenger and freight services.

VC is asking for a 5.5% pay rise this year for its more than 5,000 pilots and automatic inflation compensation thereafter.

Strikes and staff shortages have already forced airlines, including Lufthansa, to cancel thousands of flights this summer and caused hour-long queues at major airports, frustrating holidaymakers keen to travel after lockdowns. COVID-19.

Michael Niggemann, a Lufthansa board member responsible for human resources, said the German carrier had made a good, balanced offer during talks and the strike would upset several thousand customers.

“We want solutions at the negotiating table,” he said, adding that Lufthansa’s offers provided a good basis for further talks.

Lufthansa has offered a total of 900 euros ($901.35) more basic salary per month in two stages over an 18-month term as well as an agreement guaranteeing cockpit staff a minimum fleet size.

($1 = 0.9985 euros)

(Writing by Miranda Murray; Editing by Clarence Fernandez, Kirsti Knolle)

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