Air traffic: Strike at Discover ends – VC calls for another strike

Air traffic: Strike at Discover ends – VC calls for another strike

The pilots’ strike at Lufthansa’s holiday flight subsidiary Discover ends on Tuesday night. The union has also called for a solidarity strike on Lufthansa long-haul flights on Monday.

After the strike is before the next warning strike at Lufthansa: This Monday at midnight (11:59 p.m.) the three-day pilots’ strike at the Lufthansa subsidiary Discover ends. But on Tuesday morning, Lufthansa’s ground staff at the Frankfurt/Main, Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Cologne-Bonn and Stuttgart locations are due to stop work.

According to Lufthansa, the warning strike by the Verdi union planned until Wednesday morning will affect more than 100,000 travelers. Hundreds of flights will be canceled again. According to Lufthansa, in the cargo and technical areas, among other things, the ground staff’s renewed strike will begin on Monday evening (8 p.m.). Just over a week and a half ago, Verdi called on ground staff to go on a 27-hour warning strike – as a result, 900 flights were canceled. That was around 90 percent of all flights.

The pilot strike by the Cockpit Association (VC) at the holiday airline Discover led to flight cancellations in Frankfurt and Munich at the weekend. For this Monday, the company again hopes to be able to offer two thirds of all flights. If flights were canceled, the group wanted to either use jets from other group companies or rebook the affected passengers.

VC wants to force a collective bargaining agreement at Discover

On Monday morning, the VC union also called on pilots from the parent company Lufthansa to go on a solidarity strike for their Discover colleagues. Only Boeing 787 aircraft, of which Lufthansa currently only owns five, will be on strike over a period of four hours. According to the airline, four departures are potentially affected during the planned strike period. However, they are confident that these departures will take place as planned. Other aircraft types are not affected.

The comparatively small holiday airline Discover, with 24 Airbus jets and around 420 pilots, only departs from Frankfurt and Munich and is primarily intended to compete with Condor in the tourist business. The VC wants to force a first collective agreement at the airline, which was founded in summer 2021. According to its own information, Discover already pays higher pilot salaries, but it agreed these with the works council and not with the union. The new salaries correspond exactly to the demands of the VC, as both sides have confirmed. The union wants to continue the industrial action.

The background to the warning strike by Lufthansa ground staff is the group-wide collective wage negotiations for, according to Verdi, around 25,000 employees on the ground – including at Deutsche Lufthansa, Lufthansa Technik, Lufthansa Cargo, Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services, Lufthansa Engineering and Operational Services and other group companies. Lufthansa speaks of around 20,000 employees. Collective bargaining is scheduled to continue this Wednesday.

Source: Stern

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