It looks set to be a testing week for Lufthansa and its passengers after last minute talks on Sunday with unions failed to avert a four day strike.
The crippling walkout by around 4000 pilots is expected to cost 100 million euros. Unions blame the airlines management for the breakdown in negotiations.
‘‘Unfortunately, the airlines bosses are not able to go into talks without making pre-conditions. These abolish a valid working agreement,’‘ Cockpit Union representative Joerg handwerg said.
The dispute centres around pay and job security. Unions claim Lufthansa is becoming dependent on foreign pilots who fly for less. Something it denies.
Lufthansa spokesman Klaus Walther said: “We never left the talks. We asked the Union to come back to the table to negotiate a realistic salary. ‘‘It’s completely wrong what the Union says, that Lufthansa has handed jobs overseas. This is not the case.’‘
The stoppage is likely to see two thirds of the German flag carriers flights grounded this week with pilots not due back until midnight Thursday.