Lufthansa pilots agree to wage freeze

24th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

German airline Lufthansa ended a long-running dispute with its pilots Thursday with an agreement that included a wage freeze, both parties announced.

The pilots' union said in a statement that the agreement would safeguard jobs. The wage freeze will last until March 2011.

The dispute between Lufthansa and its 4,500 pilots has been bitter, with pilots seeking better working conditions and job protection in the face of a threat from lower-cost subsidiaries.

A one-day strike in February cost Lufthansa 48 million euros (59 million dollars). The union agreed to call off a second strike in April and return to the negotiating table.

© 2010 AFP

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