Pilots at German airline LTU vote to strike

7th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

7 August 2007, Berlin (dpa) - Pilots at German airline LTU voted Monday to call an indefinite strike after a morning stoppage by the airline and budget carrier dba affected 4,500 passengers.

7 August 2007

Berlin (dpa) - Pilots at German airline LTU voted Monday to call an indefinite strike after a morning stoppage by the airline and budget carrier dba affected 4,500 passengers.

A ballot of pilots represented by the union Cockpit showed 91 per cent were in favour of industrial action to press their demands for new labour contracts, the union said.

A spokesman for Cockpit said 96 per cent of the 400 LTU pilots took part in the vote, adding that the strike could begin any time.

"A strike would severely affect LTU," a management spokesman said. He said a further round of negotiations between the two sides was tentatively set for Thursday.

LTU said Cockpit was demanding a 6 per cent pay increase, but the company proposed 3 per cent and made an improved offer last week.

Pilots of dba voted in February for strike action. Before the result of the LTU vote was announced, pilots of the two airlines stages a two-hour warning strike Monday that resulted in delays of two hours for flights at airports in Dusseldorf and Munich.

Some 4,500 passengers and 14 flights were affected by the action. The charter airline LTU and budget carrier dba belong to the Air Berlin group.

Air Berlin took over LTU in March, but the deal still has to be approved by competition authorities.

After years of losses, LTU said it hoped to turn in a profit for 2007.

DPA

Subject: German news

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