Germany - Lufthansa strikes deal with pilots - October 31, 2017

A deal struck between Lufthansa and the main pilots union should ensure significantly less labour turbulence in the years ahead. The formal signing of the agreement — which is valid until June 2022 — will end the prospect of strikes, which have affected the airline in recent years. The deal will reduce Lufthansa's pilot staffing costs primarily through pension benefit cuts, something the airline has been trying to achieve for years as it tries to compete with low cost European rivals such as Ryanair and easyJet. The deal paves the way for the hiring of up to 700 junior pilots at Lufthansa, its cargo divisions and its subsidiary Eurowings, previously known as Germanwings. The negotiation partners speak about a new beginning of social dialogue.

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