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Lufthansa and pilots' union turn to arbitration in pay row

German airline Lufthansa and a union representing its pilots have agreed to bring in an arbitrator in the hope of reaching a new wage settlement by the end of January.

Lufthansa and the Cockpit union said in statements on Friday that they agreed the day before "to request arbitration in order to achieve a lasting solution".

Cockpit members have been staging strikes sporadically since April 2014, most recently walking out for six days in late November.

The union has agreed that there will be no more strikes while the matter is in arbitration.

Cockpit is seeking retroactive pay rises of 3.66% a year going back five-and-a-half years. Lufthansa has offered a wage increase totalling 4.4% this year and next plus an unspecified one-off payment.

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