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Court orders Lufthansa pilots to end strike, union says that's not the way

Staff writer ▼ | September 9, 2015
A German regional court has ordered an end to the Lufthansa pilots' strike which has affected 140,000 travellers.
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The union started its series of 13 strikes around 18 months ago. Initially the aim was to prevent changes to early retirement benefits but in recent months the pilots have also sought to prevent low-cost expansion at Lufthansa.

The Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) union said that the decision means all striking pilots must return to work immediately.

"The request of Lufthansa to issue a preliminary injunction before the Hessisches Landesarbeitsgericht was upheld today. In order, the court not only contradicts the two judgments of the first instance, but also earlier judgments on the question of legality of industrial action the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC)," the union said.

"The judgment of the LAG is incomprehensible for us. We are now waiting for the verdict, and then advise you what to do next, "says Markus Wahl, spokesman for the VC.

"We have canceled today's strike in the short and medium range of Lufthansa and German Wings immediately. Nevertheless, Lufthansa must understand that you can not solve the problems with the staff in this way."