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Lufthansa pilots to strike

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Pilots at German airline Lufthansa have voted to strike in a dispute over wages and job security.

The pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit wants a 6.4 percent pay rise for the next 12 months.

It has also demanded job guarantees for pilots at Lufthansa, as well as its cargo unit and at the low-cost airline Germanwings which Lufthansa owns.

Cockpit said 94 percent of its members had voted for strike action during a month-long ballot.

It plans a four-day stoppage from Monday 22 February and has threatened to hold additional walkouts if necessary.

Talks between management and the union broke down at the end of last year.

Lufthansa called the strike action “disproportionate” and it would “hurt the company, its customers and workers to a high degree.”

One industry analyst it would cost the airline at least 10 million euros a day.