Lufthansa Employees in France Go on Strike

By Paul Riegler on 26 December 2013
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A Lufthansa jet in Munich

A Lufthansa jet in Munich

A strike by Lufthansa staff at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport on Thursday resulted in flight delays and cancellations during the holiday travel period.

All Lufthansa airport employees at the French capital’s airport called in sick, leaving no one at check-in desks or gates.  Lufthansa operates 22 flights in and out of Paris on a daily basis.

The airport brought in staff to assist passengers.  The move follows significant flight delays on Tuesday for long-haul flights due to a severe storm that brought high winds to the region.

“There is no one, all employees are [out] sick,” a spokesman for the airport told Agence France-Presse.  Over 1,300 passengers were impacted by the walkout.

Unions representing the Lufthansa employees in France told the AFP that they are “tired” and “depressed” following an announcement that Lufthansa will eliminate almost 200 positions in France, or roughly 75% of the workforce.

Lufthansa said that only two flights were officially cancelled although an airport spokesman told AFP that all flights had been cancelled.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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