(Adds more details on offer, pilots' union)
BERLIN, Sept 21 Lufthansa made a new
offer on pay and conditions for its pilots on German collective
labour contracts in a bid to resume talks with the union and end
a long-running dispute.
The German airline is trying to cut costs and restructure
pension schemes to better compete with low-cost rivals and
leaner Gulf carriers.
It has already agreed wide-ranging deals with ground staff
and cabin crew, but has so far failed to reach agreement with
around 5,400 pilots on German contracts.
Along with a pay rise of 4.4 percent in two stages, and a
one-off payment, Lufthansa on Wednesday proposed keeping an
early retirement scheme for new employees, provided the average
retirement age of its German airline pilots is brought up to 60,
from 59 now.
Lufthansa had previously wanted to scrap the scheme for new
pilots, but the union, Vereinigung Cockpit, wanted it to stay.
Lufthansa also offered to guarantee that pilots on German
collective labour agreements would fly a fleet of 330 planes,
including 100 long-haul jets, to appease concerns that jobs
could be shifted to pilots on lower-cost contracts.
Informal talks between the two sides had collapsed last
"We hope that on the basis of this new offer we can restart
talks again," a spokesman said.
A spokesman for Vereinigung Cockpit said its initial
response was to be sceptical but it would carefully examine the
(Reporting by Victoria Bryan; Additional reporting by Peter
Maushagen in Frankfurt; Editing by Tina Bellon and Adrian Croft)