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Lufthansa Airline Strike Looming

An impending pilot strike to happen at German Airline, Lufthansa, over pay and working conditions.

More than 90 percent of carrier pilots at German airline, Lufthansa, have voted to strike in a long-running dispute over pay and working conditions.

The Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) union represents more than 5,000 pilots. They will give public two days notice before striking to give passengers a chance to change travel plans.

No date has been set for the strike, in order to give more time to Lufthana for a new offer, however union members say that no walkouts are planned for the Easter period.

Lufthansa, under pressure to cut costs, has agreed pay deals with ground staff and cabin crew. 

Lufthansa terminted a transition agreement on Dec. 31, 2013. The retirement age of pilots was raised in the past few years. Today, following a European court ruling, is age 65.

Analysts at Barclays estimate Lufthansa's staff costs are 15 percent lower than at Air France, but still around 10 to 15 percent higher than at British Airways.

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