Faced with inflation, Lufthansa pilots ask for a raise 5.5% of their wages this year.
The pilots of the first European air transport group, Lufthansa, have overwhelmingly approved the principle of a strike to support demands wages in the face of inflation, their union announced on Sunday.
This is a signal that cannot be ignored, underlined the Cockpit branch union in a press release.
The threat that Lufthansa planes will be grounded in the near future has therefore grown, but the result of the consultation does not yet automatically mean that we will come to strike measures, he added.
He intends to immediately reopen negotiations with the management, currently at an impasse, with even more support from his base.
Lufthansa has around 5,500 pilots in its passenger and freight transport business. Cockpit is the only union to represent them.
The consultation gave a majority of 97.6% in favor of the principle of the strike among passenger pilots, and 99.3% among cargo pilots. Attendance was around 95% of members.
Pilots are asking, in the face of soaring inflation, for a 5.5% increase in their salaries this year, then an automatic indexation thereafter to inflation.
The union is also demanding a guarantee on the volume of the Lufthansa fleet, in order to secure the jobs of the pilots.
This conflict is in addition to another already underway for Lufthansa with ground personnel, who participated on July 27 in a 24-hour work stoppage, causing major traffic disruptions in Germany.
Their union, Verdi, is demanding 9.5% wage increases.
In both cases, the management has so far refused to accede to wage demands.