Lufthansa headed for worst pilot strike on hardline stance

Deutsche Lufthansa AG‚??s pilots are set to extend strikes into this week after the latest round of labour talks failed, making the current conflict the longest-ever protest by cockpit crews at the German airline. Pilots at the mainline Lufthansa brand will strike on short-haul services on Tuesday and expand the protest to also include intercontinental flights on Wednesday, the Vereinigung Cockpit union said. Including four days of strikes last week, the work stoppage is set to be the longest in the company‚??s history, surpassing a four-day walkout in March 2015. 1,700 flights scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday were cancelled. Lufthansa risked further escalating tensions by seeking to have the latest strike blocked by the Munich Labour Court. A judge will now look into the filing and then decide how to proceed, a court spokeswoman said Monday by phone. A spokeswoman at Vereinigung Cockpit declined immediately to comment on the airline‚??s effort. Lufthansa spokesman Helmut Tolksdorf said the company didn‚??t plan other legal action outside the Munich filing. The current protest has so far led to about 2,800 flight cancellations, disrupting travel for around 350,000 people. If the strike continues as planned, it may cost the airline about 45 million euros (Dh176 million; $48 million), based on estimates from the company. Courtesy: Gulf News.com

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