(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 6, 2015 the logo of German airline Lufthansa is seen near a departure board displaying cancelled flights at the airport in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany. - German national carrier Lufthansa said on July 13, 2022 it was scrapping another 2,000 flights this summer because of staff shortages, adding to a chaotic travel season as the industry attempts to bounce back from the pandemic. The cancellations between now and the end of August will affect Lufthansa's hubs in Munich and Frankfurt, a company spokesman told AFP. (Photo by DANIEL ROLAND / AFP)

At Lufthansa, a pilot strike is still possible in the summer. The board of directors of the “Vereinigung Cockpit” union has decided to hold a ballot in preparation for a labor dispute, as a spokesman confirmed on Thursday in Frankfurt.

However, the union did not give exact dates for the vote or deadlines. This is still to be decided.

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With the approval of 70 percent of the union members entitled to vote, indefinite strikes would be possible if the ongoing negotiations were declared to have failed beforehand.

According to insiders, the union could be ready to go on strike as early as mid-August, which would still be during the holiday season. In previous years, September was also a particularly busy month, so that a strike at this time would hit the company hard.

Both Lufthansa and VC had declared their willingness to continue negotiating on Wednesday. The reason for the strike preparations of the VC are the deadlocked after six rounds of talks about a new salary agreement, as can be seen from an internal circular.

According to the letter, Lufthansa has not yet submitted a negotiable offer. According to its own statements, the VC demands, among other things, salary increases of 5 percent in the current year and an automated adjustment for inflation from the coming year. She had terminated the previous collective agreement on June 30th.

In the background, there is also a conflict about the future corporate strategy. In the past, VC had had the exact number of 325 aircraft guaranteed, which may only be flown by the approximately 5,000 captains and first officers who are subject to the group collective agreement.