Strike ballot by Cargolux pilots’ union
30 / 10 / 2015
The LCGB pilots union is to hold a ballot for industrial action among its Cargolux membership.
A statement by the union said: “Given the lack of any meaningful progress in the Cargolux labour negotiations for over a year, the LGCB has no choice but to contemplate industrial action.
“A ballot will be administered shortly. The LGCB, however, is well aware of the consequences of any industrial action for Cargolux and Luxembourg as a logistics hub.”
Management at Cargolux, the Luxembourg-based all-cargo airline, has been approached for a response to the union statement.
A 24 hour strike by LCGB in late July saw 76% of Cargolux flights unaffected by the pilots’ action.
Cargolux has meanwhile reached agreement with Luxembourg’s OGBL pilots’ union over a new three year collective work agreement.
In its statement, LGCB said that it has submitted a “comprehensive draft” of concessions that would entail labour cost savings of about $10m per year.
It added: “Savings would be achieved through lowered entry salaries and an incremental rise of the 13th salary for new hires. A major part of the concessions, amounting to approximately $9m per annum, would be shouldered by the pilot community.
“Exemplary, flattened salary increments and a gradual spool up of annual leave entitlements would be part of the agreement.”