German pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) has called an all-day strike for Tuesday at Lufthansa’s long-haul and cargo flights, increasing pressure on management in a long-running dispute over pay, retirement benefits and cost cuts. The union said on Monday the strike, the 13th walkout in 18 months, would affect all long-haul passenger flights and all cargo flights out of Germany from 0600 GMT to 2159 GMT on Tuesday. Lufthansa is trying to cut costs as it battles to maintain market share against budget rivals such as Ryanair, which are targeting Germany. Relations between the union, which represents around 5,000 Lufthansa and Germanwings pilots, and management broke down again last week. The union has offered concessions, including increasing the average retirement age to 60 and looking at ways to bring costs down to a level comparable with easyJet.