Lufthansa pilots' union to return to negotiating table

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Posted: Dec 09, 2016 8:41 AM

BERLIN (AP) — A union representing Lufthansa's pilots says it will return to the negotiating table after a string of recent strikes in a long-running pay dispute.

The Cockpit union said Friday that it will discuss with Lufthansa next week how to proceed, with possible arbitration proceedings up for discussion. It said that there will be no further strikes during the consultations.

Cockpit has been staging strikes sporadically since April 2014. Its members walked out for six days in late November.

Cockpit is seeking retroactive pay raises of 3.66 percent a year going back 5½ years. Lufthansa has offered a wage increase totaling 4.4 percent this year and next plus an unspecified one-time payment.