Court orders VC to end strike

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore September 10, 2015 20:43

Court orders VC to end strike

The Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union strike, which has caused Lufthansa to cancel several short- and medium-haul services from Germany during the past two days, has been ordered to cease by the regional labor court in the federal state of Hesse, Germany. The court overruled a decision made by a lower court on Tuesday evening that allowed today’s strike to go ahead.

The court ruled that the pilots were striking not only over pay and retirement benefits but also because of Lufthansa’s plans to expand the low-cost arm of the airline. As this was not part of the union’s mandate in pay talks, the strike was deemed not to be legal.

Lufthansa has welcomed the decision, agreeing with the court’s description of the VC’s strike action as “evidently unlawful” in that, for the VC, the strike was clearly motivated not only by the official reason stated, i.e. pilots’ transitional retirement provisions, but also by the Wings Concept of the Lufthansa Group. This was not, the Court found, a valid strike objective. The Court further noted that the VC was not prepared to enter into overall mediation unless the Wings Concept was included therein.

The Court’s ruling does not permit recourse to any further legal channels.

Lufthansa has stated that it will offer its customers flight schedules that are virtually back to normal from tomorrow onwards, together with its usual reliable service.
Lufthansa has said that it remains willing to resume its negotiations on all open collective labor agreement items with the VC’s Group Collective Labor Agreement Committee at any time. “Our goal is still to work with the VC to find a joint solution to all the open CLA issues through the negotiating process,” confirms Dr. Bettina Volkens, Chief Officer Corporate Human Resources of Deutsche Lufthansa.

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore September 10, 2015 20:43