The Vereinigung Cockpit union said Friday that 97.2 percent of pilots at Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo and the company’s budget airline Germanwings who participated in a ballot voted for strikes. It said it will give at least 48 hours’ notice of any walkouts and doesn’t currently plan strikes over Easter — though that might change.
Among other issues in the dispute, the union has complained that Lufthansa failed to make a “negotiable offer” in two years of pay negotiations.
Lufthansa has been trying to cut costs amid tough competition from European budget carriers and from aggressively expanding government-owned Gulf airlines.
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