it´s been in the news over here today and below there´s an article about it. 98% of all CityLine pilots (LH´s regional subsidiary) have voted for an unlimited strike.
already before the Lufthansa mainline pilots negotiated their massive pay increase (about 30% if memory serves correctly) last spring, the CityLine board agreed to their pilot´s demand that the wage difference between Lufthansa and Lufthansa CityLine pilots must not grow any bigger.
however, in the last couple of months exactly that has happenend since LH has agreed to their pilots´ demands. so now it´s also the CLH pilots who want more money.
imho, neither the LH nor the CLH pilots are underpaid and i was pretty much disgusted by the LH pilots wanting more money last year.
however, given the obvious fact that the CityLine board has not sticked to its commitment not to let the wage difference grow anymore, i do totally understand why the CLH pilots want to strike.
Lufthansa's City Line appeals to pilots to return to negotiating table
Deutsche Lufthansa AG City Line GmbH unit said it appealed to the pilots union Vereinigung Cockpit to restart wage talks with the management, after pilots voted in favour of unlimited strike action.
"We appeal to the pilots to return to the negotiating table and restart talks with the management," said City Line spokeswoman Sofia Hitzbleck, calling today's strike ballot an "unnecessary action".
She said that the pilots union decided on Jan 9 to end talks with the management, although the management said it will present an offer at the end of Feb.
"We told the pilots union at the beginning of Jan that we would present an offer at the end of Feb, when we get an overview of the overall economic situation," the spokeswoman said.
Hitzbleck would not give any details on the City Line management's offer.
The pilots union earlier said in a statement that 97.5% of union votes approved a strike.
Despite the result of the vote, the union is still prepared to continue talks which have been ongoing since July last year, if the management presents a negotiable offer, the union said.
Lufthansa Cityline, which operates 65 planes, employing 663 pilots, organises separate wage agreements with its pilots from parent company Lufthansa, however it is concerned that the wage gap between CityLine pilots and those of Lufthansa pilots is increasing.