easyJet strike averted in Germany: union

1st July 2011, Comments 0 comments

Strike action next week by easyJet employees in Germany has been averted after the British no-frills airline signalled it was ready to return to the negotiating table, trade union Verdi said Friday.

"There are faint signs from the employer side that they will attend talks next week," Verdi chief negotiator Holger Roessler said. "We will not, for now, call for a stoppage next week."

A motion calling for an all-out strike had been backed by 98 percent of pilots and 94 percent of flight attendants earlier this week, following two warning strikes this year.

The long-running dispute between the charter airline and Verdi is over union demands for a collective wage agreement for the 350 pilots and flight attendants employed by the British company in Germany.

The airline operates flights from several German airports including Berlin-Schoenefeld, Munich, Hamburg and Cologne-Bonn.

© 2011 AFP

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