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Lufthansa pilots planning 3-day strike next week

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In response to a pay dispute, it was announced on Friday that pilots working for Germany's largest airline will be going on strike for three days next week.

The announcement comes from the Vereinigung Cockpit union and says members "won't let [themselves] be given the run around by Lufthansa," encouraging pilots with the airline to go on strike from Wednesday to Friday next week, April 2-4. Vereinigung Cockpit represents about 5,400 pilots with the air carrier.

As for any further strikes in the near future, the union also said it does not plan to stage any more until at least next month's Easter holidays have passed. Pilots voted in favor of strike action last week and the AP notes that the dispute partially involves a pay dispute that has been going on over the last two years. Lufthansa, meanwhile, hopes to resume joint talks again soon.

"With the goodwill of everyone involved, we should be able to avoid a strike," Lufthansa human resources chief Bettina Volkens said.

News of the impending strike comes a day after Lufthansa was forced to cancel 600 flights at airports in seven German cities, including Munich, Hamburg, and the busy hub of Frankfurt. The flights were cancelled as a result of a separate strike of workers associated with Ver.di, a union that represents public-sector airport service workers.

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