Pilots at Lufthansa’s Eurowings plan strike on Oct 6 after talks fail


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Pilots at Lufthansa © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A logo of Eurowings is pictured at the Cologne-Bonn airport during a strike of cabin crew employees of German airline Germanwings called by German cabin crew union UFO in Cologne, Germany, December 30, 2019. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen/File Photo

BERLIN (Reuters) -Pilots at Lufthansa’s budget airline Eurowings plan to go on a one-day strike on Oct. 6 after 10 rounds of talks failed, pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) said on Tuesday.

VC wants Eurowings to ease pilots’ workloads by, for example, cutting the amount of time a pilot would have to be on duty or increasing their rest periods, it said in a statement.

“It is not enough to sit at the negotiating table – you also have to be willing to find a solution and not present counter-demands as an offer,” said VC head Marcel Groels.

A Eurowings board member, Kai Duve, said in a statement that the demands endanger the viability of the airline.

The pilots had voted 97.7% in favour of strike action in a vote in August.

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