Lufthansa Flight Attendants Plan Another Strike for Tuesday

By Paul Riegler on 2 September 2012
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Lufthansa departure gate at Frankfurt Airport

Lufthansa is facing another round of strikes starting this coming Tuesday, September 4.  The Unabhängige Flugbegleiter Organisation (UFO), the union that represents the majority of Lufthansa’s flight attendants, is planning to strike that day.  According to the Lufthansa website, details on the scope of the strike, including which airports and flights will be impacted, will be made public by the union only on very short notice.

Thousands of passengers were left stranded on Friday when hundreds of flights were cancelled as the result of UFO’s strike that day.  While intercontinental flights were not affected, Frankfurt Airport was closed to arrivals as it had run out of parking positions due to the number of planes grounded by the strike.

Lufthansa, Germany’s largest airline, cancelled most of its 360 flights during the eight-hour walkout, which resulted from a breakdown in talks with the union.

No strike is planned for tomorrow, September 3, and, in a message on its website, Lufthansa stated it is “confident” that flight operations will be “stable” that day.

The union has warned that the duration of Tuesday’s strike will be longer than eight hours and that more airports will be impacted.

Lufthansa is allowing passengers to rebook their flights for September 4 for an alternate date without charge.  Passengers can also transfer their tickets to the Deutsche Bahn rail service.

A quick resolution may not be in the cards.  UFO is asking for a 5% pay increase and guarantees that the airline will not outsource jobs and use more temporary works, a practice it has already implemented in Berlin.  Lufthansa has responded with an offer of a 3.5% increase accompanied by the use of contract and temporary workers. In addition, 3,500 positions would be eliminated throughout the company.

Concerning further actions, Nicoley Baublies, head of UFO, told the Bayerischen Rundfunk that “it depends on what Lufthansa’s response is.”

Last March, a ground worker strike resulted in the cancellation of over 400 Lufthansa flights.

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