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Lufthansa strike suspended pending talks


Lufthansa pilots have suspended their strike until March 8, after just one day of a planned four-day disruption.

The move is designed to give deadlocked talks with employers a chance.

Some 4,000 pilots took part in Monday’s stoppage, over concerns the company may cut staff costs by shifting jobs to other airlines.

Winfried Streicher, from the Head of Pilot union said:
“Lufthansa has promised us negotiations without any pre-conditions. That means that our demands of the last few days are met and I would like to thank everyone involved.”

Thousands of passengers were left stranded after 900 flights were grounded yesterday. Lufthansa says it will take a few days until its flight operations are back to normal.

Klaus Walter, speaking for Lufthansa was pleased the negotiations were back on. “The court has arbitrated wisely in terms of signalling to the union to suspend the strike and to return to negotiations.”

As Lufthansa seeks to cut one billion euros of costs by 2011, pilots have agreed to forego pay rises if they have a say over which routes are transferred to other airlines in the group.
Lufthansa’s management has so far rejected this demand.

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