A Cargolux Boeing 747-8F lands at Glasgow’s Prestwick airport in November
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Logistics: The union representing pilots at Europe’s largest freight airline have pulled out of talks with management, in what Cargolux called a surprising backtrack.
The union representing pilots at Luxembourg’s all freight airline has unexpectedly withdrawn from talks with management, reviving the possibility of industrial action at Cargolux.
“After 14 months and 21 meetings, we don’t even have a document to show our members,” Aloyse Kapweiler, secretary of the LCGB’s aviation and logistics branch, told the press on Wednesday. Negotiations were stuck on questions of job security and the organisation of vacation and rest days.
The previous collective work agreement between Cargolux and its three trade unions expired at the beginning of this month, but the firms and labour leaders reached an interim accord to continue talks. In a 1 December press release announcing that development, Cargolux said it would hire 100 more pilots and base more aircraft in Luxembourg, apparently to counter union objections to continued Cargolux investment in its operations in Italy and China. (The LCGB called that Cargolux announcement “too enthusiastic”.)
Other labour leaders remained open to discussions. “I am confident that a solution can be found,” said Hubert Hollerich, aviation branch secretary of the OBGL, a union which represents Cargolux ground staff, following the LCGB withdrawal.
“Cargolux regrets that LCGB, for its own reasons, terminated the negotiations at this late stage when an agreement was within reach,” the company said in a press release on Wednesday. The carrier said it was close to signing a new agreement with the OBGL and the CLSC trade group, which also represents Cargolux ground staff.
If the LCGB formally cuts off talks, then the labour ministry’s arbitration office (ONC) could be called upon to broker a deal.