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Pilots at Eurowings have a lot of leverage now given the labor shortage and all of the disruption taking place at European airports.

Pilots at Lufthansa’s budget airline Eurowings plan to go on a three-day strike on Monday after talks failed, pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) said.

A 1-day strike earlier this month saw Eurowings operate at half capacity, affecting around 30,000 passengers.

The union wants Eurowings to ease pilots’ workloads by, for example, increasing their rest periods.

A Eurowings board member, Kai Duve, said in a statement earlier this month that the demands endangered the viability of the airline.

Lufthansa’s budget division Eurowings warned on Saturday that pilots’ demands to ease their workloads is putting jobs at the airline at risk.

The statement came in response to Friday’s announcement by pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) of a three-day strike starting on Monday after talks failed.

“The union’s position eats away at the prospects of Eurowings Germany,” the airline said.

(Reporting and writing by Ilona Wissenbach and Tom Sims; Editing by Louise Heavens and Kirsten Donovan)

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Tags: eurowings, labor, lufthansa, pilots

Photo credit: A Eurowings aircraft. Its pilots announced a 3-day strike beginning October 17, 2022.

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