Airline pilots stage strike in Düsseldorf

DDP/The Local
DDP/The Local - [email protected] • 18 Nov, 2008 Updated Tue 18 Nov 2008 15:09 CEST
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Airline passengers across Germany suffered flight delays and cancellations on Tuesday when pilots’ union Cockpit called limitedstrikes for LTU and dba.

The strike centered at the Düsseldorf airport between 5:30 am and 8 am downed four flights and delayed a total of 27 flights, parent company Air Berlin reported, adding that most passengers were placed on Lufthansa flights to finish their journeys.

Cockpit voted on Monday to call a strike to back up their demands of a renegotiation of the social compensation plan in both companies. A VC spokesperson announced that an unnamed number of pilots of both companies participated in the action.

Air Berlin said the strike has been “undramatic” so far and that it was ready to talk, but the pilots’ union claims dba abandoned negotiations and the LTU management refuses to enter the proceedings altogether.

Dba’s some 300 employees were recently informed of the airline’s shut down and asked to work only on call, Cockpit said. Parent company Air Berlin will only consider ongoing employment with drastic changes to state pension, employment protection and retirement benefits.

Meanwhile, charter airline LTU faces closures of the sites in Hamburg, Stuttgart, Berlin, Vienna and Frankfurt.

With the closing of the sites approaching, an Air Berlin spokesperson said it wouldn’t make sense to employ people on sites where no planes could be stationed and announced a general lack of understanding for the actions.

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