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Lufthansa pilots' union calls on members to go on strike Monday in retirement benefits dispute

  • FILE - In this April 2, 2014 file picture Lufthansa aircrafts are parked as Lufthansa pilots went on a three-days-strike in Frankfurt, Germany. A union representing Lufthansa pilots has called on its members to go on strike starting Monday, in a dispute over retirement benefits. The Vereinigung Cockpit union said Sunday Nov. 30, 2014  that the strike will begin on short- and medium-haul services at noon (1100 GMT) Monday, and be extended to long-haul and cargo flights from 3 a.m. (0200 GMT) Tuesday. The walk-out is due to end Wednesday.  (AP Photo/Michael Probst,file)

    FILE - In this April 2, 2014 file picture Lufthansa aircrafts are parked as Lufthansa pilots went on a three-days-strike in Frankfurt, Germany. A union representing Lufthansa pilots has called on its members to go on strike starting Monday, in a dispute over retirement benefits. The Vereinigung Cockpit union said Sunday Nov. 30, 2014 that the strike will begin on short- and medium-haul services at noon (1100 GMT) Monday, and be extended to long-haul and cargo flights from 3 a.m. (0200 GMT) Tuesday. The walk-out is due to end Wednesday. (AP Photo/Michael Probst,file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this April 2, 2014 file picture a  pilot holds his cap as Lufthansa pilots went on a three-days-strike in Frankfurt, Germany. A union representing Lufthansa pilots has called on its members to go on strike starting Monday, in a dispute over retirement benefits. The Vereinigung Cockpit union said Sunday Nov. 30, 2014  that the strike will begin on short- and medium-haul services at noon (1100 GMT) Monday, and be extended to long-haul and cargo flights from 3 a.m. (0200 GMT) Tuesday. The walk-out is due to end Wednesday.  (AP Photo/Michael Probst,file)

    FILE - In this April 2, 2014 file picture a pilot holds his cap as Lufthansa pilots went on a three-days-strike in Frankfurt, Germany. A union representing Lufthansa pilots has called on its members to go on strike starting Monday, in a dispute over retirement benefits. The Vereinigung Cockpit union said Sunday Nov. 30, 2014 that the strike will begin on short- and medium-haul services at noon (1100 GMT) Monday, and be extended to long-haul and cargo flights from 3 a.m. (0200 GMT) Tuesday. The walk-out is due to end Wednesday. (AP Photo/Michael Probst,file)  (The Associated Press)

A union representing Lufthansa pilots has called on its members to go on strike Monday in a dispute over retirement benefits.

The Vereinigung Cockpit union said Sunday that the strike will begin on short- and medium-haul services at noon local time (1100 GMT) Monday, and be extended to long-haul and cargo flights from 0300 (0200 GMT) Tuesday. The walk-out is due to end Wednesday.

The strike follows failed talks with Lufthansa over the pilots' demand that Lufthansa keep paying a transition payment for those wanting to retire early. The airline wants to cut those payments, citing tough competition from European budget airlines and major Gulf carriers.

According to German news agency dpa, Lufthansa has already had to cancel 6,000 flights due to pilot strikes since April.