i assume that the 30% pay increase, they demand, is set so high, so that it won´t hurt them, if they had to scale back a little.
i do think, that the pay cuts the LH pilots agreed to several years ago should be reversed, if its economically sound, because if the pilots and other workers hadn´t done so, LH wouldn´t stand there where it is now, and so i think that on the one hand this demand in pay increases is justified. in addition, LH management has always been very hesitating when it came to pay increases.
a few weeks ago the german magazine focus had an article which spread the impression that the LH pilots went nuts because of all this fuss about their wage increases, and that all this is causing bad blood between LH pilots and pilots of other german airlines, proving that LH pilots only "want more and more" (i´d like to point out that this was the opinion of the author and is not explicitly mine).
however, i consider their statistics, which showed what pilots of all different german airlines earn, to be reliable, and this statistic clearly showed the in germany, LH pilots are the ones which receive the most pay, so i can understand, why pilots from LT or DI don´t seem to be too understanding. on the other side, recently in the german avation magazine aero international, the pay of LH´s pilots was compared to those of major international airlines, and those figures showed that in comparison to these airlines, LH pilots earn much less (especially CX, but also KL, SK, BA, AF, AA, DL, UA).
i don´t know too much about this issue, and so i won´t draw any conclusions. so all i can say is that i hope LH will fairly honour that the pilots agreed to the pay cuts some years ago and so enabled LH to turn into a highly profitable airline. but on the other side, i hope that there won´t be any pay increases that will cause bad blood among fellow pilots, if they are of a german or international airline, and i don´t know if this increase of 30% would mean such a massive jump and if its justified. i think some kind of increase is justified, and i hope LH and its pilots will find a suitable accord.
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