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Germany's Lufthansa, union agree to arbitration in dispute

A Lufthansa aircraft lands at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. The flight attendants' union Ufo is on strike at Lufthansa for 48 hours. (AP Photo/Michael Probst) (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

BERLIN – Germany's largest airline, Lufthansa, says it has agreed to enter arbitration with a union representing cabin crew workers, averting the possibility of more strikes for the time being.

Lufthansa said Tuesday in a joint statement with the UFO union that recent talks between the two sides had been "constructive" and shown "that we can come to a solution together."

The union most recently held a two-day strike last week, forcing Lufthansa to cancel hundreds of flights.

The two sides have been locked in a bitter dispute over pay and the union's legal status.

They say they hope a neutral arbitrator will now help them find a solution acceptable to both parties and plan a press statement on the progress on Thursday.